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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.

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Do the Jews fight? A discussion at the front.

"I remember one non-combat episode, when I unintentionally had to intervene in a conversation between the Agitator of the Division's Political Department and the pilots.

It was in 1944, not far from the Vistula River…The pilots were resting between sorties in a large tent. The divisional agitator, Major Batin, took advantage of the break for his conversation. I was standing near the tent entrance… And, suddenly, I heard the voice of a squad commander, Senior Lieutenant Sukharev: 'Comrade Major, explain why the Jews are not fighting!' Batin lowered his voice to a half-whisper: 'Comrade Senior Lieutenant, the navigator Litinetskii is standing right here; he is a Jew, he will hear you, it will be unpleasant.' And he fell silent, hushing up the matter.

I entered the tent and, in the ensuing silence, turned to Batin:

“Comrade Divisional Agitator… Why do you shy away from answering the question of Senior Lieutenant Sukharev? Tell the pilots why the Jews are not fighting. And if you find it difficult, I will answer it for you. For example, I am the division's navigator — a Jew — and I am at war; the deputy commander of the 70th Guards Ground Attack Aviation Regiment, Leva Leichitskii — a Jew — is at war; Totskii, the mechanic known to the entire division, is a Jew, and he is fighting, too; the Hero of the Soviet Union Aleksandr Letuchii is also a Jew, and he has always been fighting. All our pilots know the names of the Heroes of the Soviet Union, the ground-attack pilots Semen Gurvich and Genrikh Gofman — both are Jews, and both are fighting. Finally, the chief of the division’s Political Department, Colonel Boris Diner, who has sent you on an assignment to hold a conversation with our pilots, is also a Jew and a fighter. Are all of these names, which our pilots know well, insufficient to answer the question posed by Senior Lieutenant Sukharev?

Batin gazed at his feet, feeling at a loss for words. And some of the pilots clearly said: 'Knocked out!'."Piotr Gorelik, Istoriia nad nami prolilas', St. Petersburg: Gelikon Plius, 2015