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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.

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Jewish Culture in the Ghettos and Camps during the Holocaust Period

During the Holocaust, while incarcerated in ghettos and camps, living in hiding or on the run, many Jews attempted to maintain the artistic and cultural activities that had existed before the war.  In order to sketch and paint their fellow Jews, they obtained paint, charcoal and pencils, sometimes at mortal risk, and often in exchange for their daily rations; they fashioned objects, games and tools; many wrote diaries documenting their daily lives.  The diaries of the Judenrat heads and the archives written in the ghettos also documented artistic and cultural life.

Kovno, Lithuania, A performance of the ghetto orchestra
Kovno, Lithuania, A performance of the ghetto orchestra

Marcel Reich-Ranicki: Cultural Activity in the Warsaw Ghetto

Excerpt from: Warsaw Ghetto - Culture Without Walls
Directed By: Noemi Schory
Producers: Liat Benhabib, Noemi Schory, Liran Atzmor
Production Company: Belfilms Ltd.

Cultural Life in the Vilna Ghetto: Holocaust Survivor Testimonies

Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Jakob Zim

Samuel Bak, Artist, USA: Icons of Loss- The Image of the Warsaw Boy in the Art of Samuel Bak [24:01 min]

Lodz, Poland, The Lodz Ghetto Symphony Orchestra
Lodz, Poland, The Lodz Ghetto Symphony Orchestra

Vilna, Poland, The ghetto choir performing. The conductor, Wolf Durmashkin, perished in the Klooga labor camp in Estonia
Vilna, Poland, The ghetto choir performing. The conductor, Wolf Durmashkin, perished in the Klooga labor camp in Estonia

Members of “The Front of the Wilderness Generation” dance in a circle. Lodz Ghetto, 1941
Members of “The Front of the Wilderness Generation” dance in a circle. Lodz Ghetto, 1941

Westerbork, Holland 1943 - Musicians in a play in the camp
Westerbork, Holland 1943 - Musicians in a play in the camp

Warsaw ghetto - a theatre presentation
Warsaw ghetto - a theatre presentation