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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.

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Remembering Liberation: Holocaust memorial ceremony

Grades: 10 - 12 
Duration: 20 minutes

This ceremony focuses on the complexities of liberation, the shock of the Allied troops at what they saw, and the intermingled joy and deep grief of the rescued survivors.
Towards the end of World War II, advancing Allied forces from east and west began discovering first-hand the horrendous scope of Nazi atrocities – hundreds of concentration and extermination camps in which prisoners had been abused in every way imaginable. For those Jews still alive in these camps, liberation meant the end of a deadly, repressive, and nominal existence. However, for most prisoners, real celebration was impossible.
 

Female survivors holding bread, Bergen-Belsen, Germany
Female survivors holding bread, Bergen-Belsen, Germany

The Anguish of Liberation: Nachum Bandel, Rita Weiss, Miriam Akavia, Alisa-Lusia Avnon, Herta Goldman and Walter Zwi Bacharach

Director: Ayelet Heller
Producers: Liat Benhabib, Noemi Schory, Liran Atzmor
Production Company: Belfilms Ltd.

Soviet soldiers escorting two prisoners on the day of liberation, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland
Soviet soldiers escorting two prisoners on the day of liberation, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland

Survivors and liberators watching the camp burning, Bergen-Belsen, Germany
Survivors and liberators watching the camp burning, Bergen-Belsen, Germany

The Displaced Persons' Camps: Abraham and Shoshana Roshkovski

Director: Ayelet Heller
Producers: Liat Benhabib, Noemi Schory, Liran Atzmor
Production Company: Belfilms Ltd.

Athens, Greece, Postwar, Wedding of nine couples who survived the Holocaust
Athens, Greece, Postwar, Wedding of nine couples who survived the Holocaust

Jewish children who survived Buchenwald, Germany
Jewish children who survived Buchenwald, Germany

Survivors' Return to Life - Part 1

Survivors' Return to Life - Part 2

Using Holocaust Testimony in the Classroom

  1. Chamberlin, Brewster and Feldman, Marcia, The Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps 1945: Eyewitness Accounts of the Liberators, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, Washington, D.C., 1987, pp. 75-76.
  2. Ibid., p. 103.
  3. Helfgott Hyett, Barbara, In Evidence – Poems of the Liberation of the Nazi Concentration Camps, pp. 43, 87, 113.
  4. Kleiman, Yehudit and Springer-Aharoni, Nina, The Anguish of Liberation, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1995, p. 13.
  5. Ibid., p. 18.
  6. Ibid., p. 53.
  7. Tito, E. Tina, Liberation: Teens in the Concentration Camps and Teen Soldiers who Liberated Them, Rosen Publishing Group, 1998, p. 39.
  8. Shalev, Avner and Gutterman, Bella, To Bear Witness, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2005, p. 256.
  9. Kleiman, Yehudit and Springer-Aharoni, Nina, The Anguish of Liberation, Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1995, p. 38.
  10. Ibid., p. 16.
  11. Ibid., p. 45-46.
  12. Yad Vashem Archives, 03/5426, pp. 41-42 (Hebrew).
  13. Shema by Primo Levi, translated by Ruth Feldman And Brian Swann
  14. Yad Vashem Archives, 033/1122.
  15. Amariglio, Erika, From Thessaloniki to Auschwitz and Back, translated to English by Theresa Sundt, London and Portland, Oregon: Vallentine Mitchell, 2000, p. 157.
  16.  Littell, Marcia Sachs and Gutman, Sharon Weiss, Liturgies on the Holocaust: An Interfaith Anthology, Trinity Press International, pp. 78-9.