• Menu

  • Visiting

  • Shop

  • Languages

  • Accessibility
Visiting Info
Opening Hours:

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.

Drive to Yad Vashem:
For more Visiting Information click here

From the interview that Leonid Okun gave in Israel in the 2000s:

"I was extremely happy that I was allowed to remain at the front. I was interested in revenge and only revenge. When I was killing the next enemy, when I was pressing the trigger of my rifle, I always said in a whisper:  "This one is for my mother; this one – for my sister; this one – for my brother!" I killed for each one of my relatives who were annihilated by the Nazis… When the war ended, I had long worried that I had not killed enough of them...

Q.: Did your nationality [ethnicity] in some way affect the attitude of your fellow-servicemen to you while you were serving in the Red Army?

A.: In the army, at the front, the national question was not as acute as in partisan groups, or in the rear. In the reconnaissance [units], there were always serving good, genuine Russian people with a good heart.
No, in the army in this respect, it was tolerable. As for minor matters, this did occur several times. But basically, their attitude to me was excellent, everybody saw a young Jew fighting with the reconnaissance, killing enemies, and being wounded many times…. I believe that the soldiers of the national minorities in Central Asia, those in the army, suffered from mockery and chauvinist remarks from individual soldiers and officers no less than did the Jews.

(The interview can be found on http://iremember.ru/memoirs/partizani/okun-leonid-isaakovich/)