Bearing Witness: Stories Behind the Artifacts in the Yad Vashem Museum Collection

Children in the Holocaust

One and a half million children were murdered in the Holocaust. Those children who survived against all the odds, whether by guile or by chance, missed out on a childhood and were forced to become wise beyond their years. Even when their families managed to evade the Nazis by constantly moving, children found themselves thrown into a rapidly changing environment full of daily challenges.

The artifacts presented here tell the stories of children whose Holocaust experiences are as varied as their fates, which differed from place to place and from moment to moment.

The “Teheran Children”
The “Teheran Children”
Remnant of the 'Maccabi' flag cut into twelve parts before the deportation of the Hachshara (training farm) participants to Auschwitz
Remnant of the 'Maccabi' flag cut into twelve parts before the deportation of the Hachshara (training farm) participants to Auschwitz
Memories in a Suitcase
Memories in a Suitcase