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

Purim

Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. One of the central commandments related to Purim is the reading of the book of Esther known as the Megillah. It is also customary to masquerade on Purim. Presented here are a number of items from the Artifacts Collection that are connected to the holiday.

Scroll of Esther illustrated by artist Otto Geismar, who escaped Germany in the late 1930s
Scroll of Esther illustrated by artist Otto Geismar, who escaped Germany in the late 1930s
"Megillat Hitler", Casablanca, 1944
"Megillat Hitler", Casablanca, 1944
Purim festival micrographic decoration made by Moshe Gluck from Hungary
Purim festival micrographic decoration made by Moshe Gluck from Hungary
Purim costume that belonged to the girl Rachel-Sarah Osmo from Corfu, Greece who perished  in Auschwitz
Purim costume that belonged to the girl Rachel-Sarah Osmo from Corfu, Greece who perished in Auschwitz