The Artifacts Collection at Yad Vashem houses a range of sports artifacts, including trophies, medals and certificates awarded to Jewish sportsmen and women in different sports categories. Alongside the cups and medals won at competitions and championships, the collection also preserves simple artifacts that belonged to Jews who enjoyed spending their leisure time engaging in sports. Owned by professionals and amateurs, these artifacts tell the story of their sporting achievements and their fate during the Holocaust, and give us a glimpse into their lives before the war, which included many hours of training and participation in competitions, driven by aspirations of excellence. As well as revealing personal stories, the artifacts provide information about Jewish sports clubs, and about the sporting culture in Jewish communities and in European countries prior to World War II.