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Sunday to Thursday: ‬09:00-17:00

Fridays and Holiday eves: ‬09:00-14:00

Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.

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The Struggle Between Light and Darkness

Jewish Festivals during the Holocaust

Yona Kobo

Celebrating the Jewish festivals during the Holocaust was a significant challenge for the persecuted Jews. The decision to take charge of their own time, often without knowing the date, in order to remember the upcoming festivals, allowed them to preserve their spiritual essence and act as human beings.

A boy playing with a dreidel on Hanukkah, Berlin, Germany, 1930s. Yad Vashem Archives
A boy playing with a dreidel on Hanukkah, Berlin, Germany, 1930s. Yad Vashem Archives

Hanukkah menorah in Kiel, Germany, in a window of a prewar Jewish home with the Nazi banner visible in the background. Yad Vashem Archives
Hanukkah menorah in Kiel, Germany, in a window of a prewar Jewish home with the Nazi banner visible in the background. Yad Vashem Archives

Jewish New Year’s greeting card from the ghetto, Łódź, Poland, 1940. Yad Vashem Archives
Jewish New Year’s greeting card from the ghetto, Łódź, Poland, 1940. Yad Vashem Archives

Children during a Purim celebration in the Lodz ghetto. Yad Vashem Archives
Children during a Purim celebration in the Lodz ghetto. Yad Vashem Archives

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