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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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Rescue by Jews

Many Jews risked their lives to save other Jews during the Holocaust, both on an organizational and an individual level, assisting with smuggling and hiding Jews, obtaining false documentation, establishing welfare societies, and even negotiating with the Nazis.

At first glance, rescues of Jews carried out by Jews should not receive a special emphasis, because they appear to be only natural, routine acts. However, the cases of rescue by Jews – of which there were many instances – were not self-evident. The Holocaust challenged established social norms, values and relationships. It led to a weakening of the bonds of solidarity within Jewish society. In a reality in which each individual Jew was subject to persecution and the threat of destruction, the instinctual drive for physical survival became dominant. However, even in such conditions, many Jews risked their lives to save other Jews – both family members and complete strangers. More than once they forfeited a chance to escape in order to help other Jews.

Jewish organizations attempted to rescue Jews by getting them out of the camps, by ransoming them for money, by placing them in children’s institutions or private homes, and by organizing their emigration from countries under the rule of the Nazis and their collaborators. Jews living under false identities managed to rescue other Jews by helping them go into hiding, by passing information to them, by smuggling them into areas outside the Nazi sphere of influence, and by obtaining falsified documents for them which stated that they were Christian workers or laborers essential for the German war economy.

Jews attempted to stall and prevent the deportation of Jews to the death camps by negotiating with senior Nazi officials or with regimes supportive of the Nazis. Jews in the ghettos and concentration camps established welfare societies that provided assistance to Jewish orphans and other needy individuals. Thus many Jews were saved from death.