• Menu

  • Shop

  • Languages

  • Accessibility
Visiting Info
Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: ‬09:00-17:00

Fridays and Holiday eves: ‬09:00-14:00

Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.

Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.

Drive to Yad Vashem:
For more Visiting Information click here

The teddy bear that Fred Lessing took with him to his hiding place in the Netherlands

The Mona Lisa of Yad Vashem

Yehudit Inbar

This teddy bear belongs to Fred Lessing, a child survivor of the Holocaust who currently resides in the United States. Lessing was a young schoolboy when the war reached Holland. He was hidden by a Christian family during which time the teddy bear became his closest friend, his confidante and source of comfort. After the war ended, the teddy bear remained with Fred Lessing, until he agreed to lend it to Yad Vashem for this exhibition.

Fred Lessing's teddy bear

Fred Lessing (third from left) with other children on outing in Amsterdam

Fred Lessing and classmates in Amsterdam, 1942