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.
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.