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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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Efim (Chaim) Diskin's Memoir

Many years later Efim (Chaim) Diskin wrote in his memoirs about how he learned that he had been awarded the highest Soviet military decoration:

"….Someone showed me the newspaper Pravda, in which was published the April 12, 1942 Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Among those so honored were one general, Ivan Vasilievich Panfilov, and one Red Army soldier, Efim Anatolievich Diskin. [According to the newspaper] both received this honor posthumously.

I immediately said that I would not accept any congratulations. After all, I was alive so the award could not be for me. Then, the heads of the hospital sent a telegram to M.I. Kalinin, the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, that included all the details related to me. Soon afterwards an official telegram arrived that stressed that the honor of Hero of the Soviet Union was indeed for me – "the aimer of the 37-millimeter weapons of the 694th Fighter Anti-tank Regiment of the 16th Army, whom he, M. I. Kalinin, warmly congratulates and wishes a complete recovery…."

From: Efim Diskin, Memoirs.