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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.

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Leyb Kvitko about Iakov Forzun

On February 8, 1945 the article "A Son of His People" by Leyb Kvitko was published in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee's Yiddish newspaper Eynikayt. At the beginning of his essay Kvitko wrote:

"One day a Motl peysi dem khazans (the hero of Sholem Aleichem's Motl, Peysi the Cantor's Son) dropped in at our office at the Jewish Anti-fascist Committee.

When we greeted him, his childlike, half-downcast glance radiated joy, as if [to indicate that] we should move aside. Indeed, our people … seemed to enter along with this lad and fill all the space. In real life, not in literature, his name is Iasha Korzun, the son of Tsali the cobbler from Korostyshev, and he is a Hero of the Soviet Union, with an Order of Lenin and one of The Golden Star, both of which he received in the Kremlin from the trustworthy hands of [President] Kalinin.

This hero is 20 years old although he stresses that he is almost 21…"

From: Leyb Kvitko, "A kid fun folk" (A Son of His People), Eynikayt, February 8, 1945.