"And to them I will give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a "yad vashem")…that shall not be cut off." Isaiah56:5
Yad Vashem is Israel's main Holocaust remembrance and education center and is located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
In 1953, Israel began the painful work of commemorating the Holocaust by setting out to document the experiences of Jewish people during the Holocaust so that future generations will never forget the atrocities that occurred.
In 2005 the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum was opened. It's shape is that of a prism that penetrates the mountain with nine galleries that relays the stories of Jewish communities before and during the Holocaust, as well as the events that led to the Nazis rise to power, their pursuit of the Jews, the ghettos the Jews were forced to live in, the Final Solution and the mass genocide. Personal experiences of victims of the Holocaust form the foundation of the exhibits. Films, photographs, documents, works of art and personal items turn history into something shockingly real for visitors.
On exiting the museum, the breathtaking Hall of Names memorial is passed through which contains over three million names of Holocaust victims that were submitted by their families. Visitors can still add to the memorial via a computerized archive.
Additional memorials and monuments in Yad Vashem include the Hall of Remembrance where ashes of the dead are buried and an eternal flame burns; Yad LaYeled is the children's memorial that commemorates the one and a half million children who were murdered in the Holocaust; the Memorial to the Deportees which features an authentic railroad car that was used to deport Jews to concentration camps; the Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations features over 2,000 trees that were planted in honor of non-Jewish people who endangered their lives in order to rescue Jewish people from the Nazis.
Visiting Yad Vashem is heartbreaking, painful and highly emotional but is a truly meaningful and fitting way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
How to get there: Buses 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24a, 26, 27, 27a, 28, 28a, 33, 39 and get off at the Mount Herzl bus stop. The Light Rail Train has it's final stop at Mount Herzl and that is where you want to get off. For those driving, the entrance is via the Holland junction, which is situated on the Herzl Route, opposite the entrance to Mount Herzl and the entrance to Ein Kerem.
I had not visited Israel for over ten years and had therefore had not yet seen the new Yad Vashem Museum. My husband and I spent a whole day there and were greatly moved by this incredibly well-thought-out museum. I truly believe that every single person walks out touched from this museum. It is certainly not an easy place to visit but undoubtedly a must. What shook me the most was the haunting Memorial to the Children.
Israel must keep that memorial site for the next generations .
Yad Vashem - A must see museum to anyone!!