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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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Interview with Arkadi Timor

In a documentary film about his life made in Israel in the late 1990s Arkadi Timor recalled his deep grief at learning of the loss of his entire family and his profound sense of loneliness:

"The first thing in the morning that the soldiers at the front were waiting for was…to see the postman, [to receive] a letter [from their family and dear ones], [to see] whether they had received a letter or not. Do you know how it feels when you are waiting for such a letter… but I wasn't waiting for any letter [since all his family members had been murdered], they [the unit's members] ran to get [a letter], while I ran to my tank…. At that time my tank was my [only] home… the tank gave me the strength… I didn't have anything else [besides the tank]…. [But] you don't get any letters from a tank… and a tank doesn't smile at you"….

In referring to the moment when he received the information about the victory over Nazi Germany Arkadi Timor spoke about his great joy mixed with great sadness since he had no home to return to:

"… not far from Prague…. I suddenly felt that I was really alone… there was celebration outside…. I was sitting near a tank, watching my soldiers [dancing]… I … jumped into the tank… and cried [for a long time]… inside the tank. I suddenly felt that this was my only home [now] …while everyone else was already thinking of his home, somewhere [in the USSR]. Deep inside I felt that I was completely alone in the world…."

Arkadi emphasized that when he was in charge of providing the German civil population in East Berlin with food it was extremely important for him to demonstrate to the Germans that he was a Jew. He reportedly said:

"In Berlin heavy battles were fought. We knew that it was the end of the war. There was a moment when everyone acknowledged what he had lost and it was a time of calls for revenge.… I personally decided [otherwise] and gave the order… to provide food [to Germans] from two of my regiments' field kitchens. One was positioned at the Alexander-Platz, the other – 500 meters beyond. Soup was prepared around the clock and it was announced that children, women, and old people could come and eat, without showing any documents but on the condition that they should know that the commander of the unit that owned these kitchen was a Jew. It was very important for me that they should know that I was a Jew. I passed by those kitchens several times and I was greatly pleased with what I saw. This was my 'revenge'...."

From: Arkadi Timor: "The Combating Jew and a Dreamer" (Hebrew) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL8qxoXtgqA, accessed on October 3, 2014).