Sunday to Wednesday: 08:30-18:00
Thursday: 8:30-20:00 *
* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.
Fridays and Holiday eves: 08:30-14:00
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.
"In 1993, I attended the presentation of the book Jews in Daugavpils. One its co-authors, Zalmans Jakubs, took the floor. He spoke of the local rescuers of Jews… His speech seemed too full of pathos, and, when the official part was over, I approached Jakubs and asked him:
- Zalman, please, tell me something that you haven't said officially.
His eyes lit up, and he exclaimed with a terrible shtetl accent:
-Oy! But they were all crazy!
His reply puzzled me. Jakubs went on excitedly:
– They could have been shot – they were crazy!
I was momentarily taken aback:
– And ... And what did normal people do?
– A normal person said to a Jew: 'Give me your belongings. You're going to be killed anyway, and everything will be given away to strangers. And we were good neighbors'.
– Zalman ..., - I tried to find the appropriate words, – ... And you ... Are you normal?
– No! – Jakubs confessed proudly, – I am crazy!
... I would eventually learn that, for him, the word 'crazy' was the primary designation of human goodness. He was a local historian and chronicler of Daugavpils, and, for decades, he would spend his tiny salary on requests for archival information about the city from the Lenin Library [in Moscow]. And the library itself was home to like-minded enthusiasts – as penniless as him – who would eagerly sift through the archival dust on any of his petty errands and requests.
– They are crazy! - Jakubs said admiringly, – they go above and beyond the call of duty."http://www.gazeta.lv/ru/latvija/raznoe/98295.html
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