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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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Canada and the Holocaust: Survivor Memoirs for Students of All Ages

On November 7, 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a formal apology in the House of Commons in Ottawa regarding the fate of the MS St. Louis and its more than 900 passengers. Trudeau apologized to the passengers, their families, and Jewish communities in Canada and around the world. On May 13, 1939, the MS St. Louis set sail from Hamburg for Havana, carrying mostly Jewish passengers who were desperate to escape persecution in Nazi Germany. Although all the Jewish refugees on... Read More Here

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields - Wendy Lower

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing FieldsWendy LowerBoston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013288 pages In 1987, Congress officially declared March to be Women’s History Month. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, the role of women in American history and contemporary society often took the spotlight in public discourse and on social media. Echoes and Reflections incorporates a plethora of primary sources  focusing on the experience of women and girls before, during, and... Read More Here

Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders 

Research in Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: A Dialogue Beyond Borders(eds.) Monique Eckmann, Doyle Stevick and Jolanta Ambrosewicz-JacobsBerlin: Metropol Verlag and International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, 2017404 pages1 This volume focuses on a multi-lingual literature review compiled by a steering committee of experts affiliated with member countries of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The research findings were presented in a major international... Read More Here

The Origins of the Birkenau Camp in Light of the Source Materials - Igor Bartosik, Lukasz Martyniak and Piotr Setkiewicz

Igor Bartosik, Lukasz Martyniak and Piotr SetkiewiczThe Origins of the Birkenau Camp in Light of the Source MaterialsOświęcim: Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, 2017ISBN: 978-83-7704-201-4  Many iconic images surface when thinking about Auschwitz-Birkenau, particularly the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign, as well as the guard towers, railway tracks, former prisoner barracks, barbed wire fences and more. These images are often etched in people’s minds, whether they have visited the grounds... Read More Here

The International Status of Education about the Holocaust

The International Status of Education about the Holocaust: A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula. Published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, 2015, pp. 238. ISBN 9789231000331 As time passes, interest in learning more about the Holocaust appears to be continuously on the rise. For example, the expected number of visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in 2015 will... Read More Here

Understanding and Teaching Holocaust Education - Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles

Paula Cowan and Henry MaitlesUnderstanding and Teaching Holocaust Education(London: SAGE, 2017), 184 pages.ISBN: 978-1-4739-1934-1 Cowan and Maitles have taught courses on Holocaust Studies and Citizenship at the University of the West of Scotland. In their new eleven-chapter book, the authors highlight many of the key issues in contemporary Holocaust education. They devote sections to pedagogical practices, age-appropriate approaches, study visits to authentic Holocaust-related historical... Read More Here

Reflections on the 4th National Conference on Holocaust Education, July 5-6, ‏2011

In June 1981, Abba Kovner stated, “As long as it is not too late, we must recognize that the Holocaust is not the obsession of those who survived, and that the identification with the six million victims, and the elements of that period are not just the concerns of those who experienced it themselves, but part of the long collective memory of the Jewish people, and the place of the Holocaust is in the historical consciousness of every Jewish generation everywhere.” This week, almost exactly... Read More Here

A New Stage at Yad Vashem

As we were standing in the construction site of a 330-seat Edmond J. Safra Lecture Hall being built as part of the new wing of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, I began to reflect on Brundibar, a theatrical event performed by Jewish children in Terezin as well as productions in other ghettos during the Shoah. Despite hunger, disease and despair, by acting on stage these thespians attempted to retain their own humanity as well as that of their audiences. Many of them... Read More Here

The Three R’s: Remembrance, Resentment and Responsibility

Remembrance ceremonies and events paying respect to the victims of the Holocaust began to be organized even before the Second World War ended. Official Commemoration ceremonies of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, beginning at sunset on the twenty-seventh day of the Jewish month of Nisan, became institutionalized in the State of Israel in the 1950s. On November 1, 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated January 27 as an annual International Day of... Read More Here

New "Righteous Among the Nations" High School in Lodz

Tomasz Klos, principal of the lyceum of the University of Lodz, is a trail blazer. Although an expert in the field of law, he opted to channel his energies to found a new high school in an effort to invest in the shaping of young minds, the leaders of tomorrow. On September 1, 2011, this new high school named in honor of the Righteous among the Nations, will officially open in a building that once was a textile factory owned by a Jewish family. Graduate students at the University of Lodz who... Read More Here

An Iconic Photograph

A bit after 8 pm on April 18, 2012, the eve of Holocaust Marytrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, I had just tucked my sons into bed. Since the rest of my family was attending the opening commemoration ceremony of Holocaust Remembrance Day at Yad Vashem, I decided to open the Yad Vashem website in order to catch a glimpse of the proceedings. However, as I watched the opening flash presentation on our website, my eyes became shockingly fixated on this iconic photograph. Could this be “Savta... Read More Here

Butterflies for Hannah

In 1935, Hannah Gofrit was born in Biala Ravska, Poland, a town where Jews and Poles had lived and worked together for generations. She had a wonderful childhood until WWII broke out in September 1939. I Wanted to Fly Like a Butterfly provides a touching account of Hannah’s experiences as a little girl before, during and following the Holocaust. This children’s book has been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, French and Romanian. At the end of the book, written by... Read More Here

Yad Vashem and the Anne Frank House Strengthen Ties

In essence, Anne Frank wrote a “blog” 70 years ago. I have often wondered whether Anne would have won the Pulitzer Prize had she not died in Bergen Belsen? Anne Frank was one of the 1.5 million Jewish children who died during the Shoah simply because she was Jewish. In hiding in Amsterdam, Anne noted in her diary that she wanted to become a journalist. She was a teenager who had aspirations – similar to those of Moshe Flinker who while in hiding in Brussels noted in his diary that he... Read More Here

Remembering Settela: Refelctions Upon Visiting the New Monument to the Genocide of the Roma-Sinti in Berlin

On this overcast, misty morning in the heart of Berlin, I could feel the eyes of Anna Maria “Settela” Steinbach staring at me from the sky. Settela was born in Limburg, the Netherlands, in 1934. Settela was deported from Westerbork to Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 19, 1944 together with other members of her family. The iconic photograph of “Settela” has appeared in so many films documenting the deportation of Nazi victims to exterminations camps. In essence, her face has become a “child... Read More Here

"A Reservoir of Educational Talent"

Professional seminars at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies are quite intense - packed with lectures, workshops, various interdisciplinary sessions and tours of the Yad Vashem campus. At the conclusion of these programs, participants often comment on their exhaustion and emotional overload,yet usually underscore, “We would not have changed a thing. It was a unique experience. Thank you.” More than 2,700 educators from every continent except Antartica, study every year... Read More Here

Who Was Who In and Around the Secret Annexe?

Who Was Who In and Around the Secret Annexe?Amsterdam: Anne Frank House, 2013174 pages  Annelies Marie Frank would have celebrated her 84th birthday this year had she survived the Holocaust. Despite the passage of time, her story as one of the one-and-a-half million Jewish children who were murdered in the Holocaust continues to be well known. Her diary – found following her family's deportation – has touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers. More than one million people every... Read More Here

The Dead Man in the Bunker - Martin Pollack

The Dead Man in the BunkerMartin PollackLondon: Faber and Faber Limited, 2006Translated by William Hobson216 pages This book focuses on the author’s personal journey to uncover the history of his biological father’s family, the Basts. The word "bast" comes from a Germanic origin, referring to "fibrous material obtained from the phloem of jute, hemp, and or flax to make rope." Ironically, Gerhard Bast, Martin Pollack’s father, may have been hanged by a rope made out of bast for his war... Read More Here

Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom: Key Issues and Debates - Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles

Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom: Key Issues and DebatesEdited by Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles London: Continuum, 2012200 pages Lifelong learning has been defined as the “lifelong, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. As such, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability”.1 In recent years, the European Commission has invested a... Read More Here

The Suffering of the Roma in Serbia during the Holocaust - Milovan Pisarri

The Suffering of the Roma in Serbia during the HolocaustMilovan PisarriForum for Applied History; Belgrade, 2014171 pages The Shoah and the genocide of the Roma are intertwined. Jewish and Roma people were persecuted and murdered by the Nazi regime and their collaborators. German physicians conducted medical experiments on both Jewish and Roma prisoners. Jews and Roma were sometimes interned in the same camps and ghettos, killed in the same pits and burned in the same crematoria. For instance,... Read More Here

The Slovenian Righteous Among Nations - Irena Šumi and Oto Luthar (Eds.)

The Slovenian Righteous Among NationsIrena Šumi and Oto Luthar (Eds.)Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2016176 pp  Physicians worldwide are expected to uphold the Hippocratic Oath. According to a modern version written by Dr. Louis Lasagna of Tufts University, doctors make the following pledge: "I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm." The vast majority of doctors attend... Read More Here