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Visiting Info
Opening Hours:

Sunday to Wednesday: 09:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-20:00 *
Fridays and Holiday eves: 09:00-14:00.

Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.

* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.

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Featured Artifacts

One and a half million children were murdered in the Holocaust. Those children who survived against all the odds, whether by guile or by chance, missed out on a childhood and were forced to become wise beyond their years. Even when their families managed to evade the Nazis by constantly moving, children found themselves thrown into a rapidly changing environment full of daily challenges.

The artifacts presented here tell the stories of children whose Holocaust experiences are as varied as their fates, which differed from place to place and from moment to moment.

"She said to me: 'I'm sure you will need this'"

During the Holocaust, farewells became a frequent, significant and painful element in the lives of Jews who were deported from their homes, escaped or went into hiding. Hasty partings from community members, friends, family members – parents, children, siblings, partners  –  were all too frequent occurrences as was the sudden disappearance of loved ones. The vast majority bade farewell without knowing that this would be the final meeting, the last few words, the last fleeting glance. The painful realization came later and with it, a profound desire to safeguard the moment and every aspect connected to the loved one.

Over time, many artifacts preserved from the time of the Holocaust or from the period before the outbreak of war became symbolic memorials to relatives who were murdered.

Artifacts that were given to someone close at these fateful moments preserve within them the treasured memory of the loved one, as well as the painful echoes of that last farewell.