Yad Vashem, also known as the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is a place for the research, documentation, and education of the of the Holocaust. From the city of Jerusalem’s Mount of Remembrance, the integrated approach of Yad Vashem combines inspirational exhibitions, groundbreaking research, and meaningful initiatives in education. The center uses innovative technology to maximize access to the massive amount of information in the archival collections of Yad Vashem for a growing global audience.
Yad Vashem is a premier force of never ending efforts to impart and safeguard the memory of the events and victims of the Shoah period. The World Holocaust Remembrance Center works to accurately document one of humanity’s darkest chapters in its history. It also strives to effectively handle the continuing challenges of keeping the memory of the Holocaust relevant today, as well as for future generations.
The Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem is was a decade in the making. The museum combines the best of the center’s expertise, quality exhibits, and resources to take the remembrance of the Holocaust into modern times. The history museum takes up more than 4,200 square meters, which the majority is located underground. The Holocaust History Museum is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, presenting the story of the dark Shoah period from a Jewish perspective. Exhibits emphasize the various experiences of individual victims of the Holocaust through personal possessions, survivor testimonies, and original artifacts.
The Holocaust History Museum is a 180-meter linear building that exists in the form of spike cuts. The uppermost edge is a skylight that protrudes through the ridge of the mountain. The museum’s galleries portray the complexity of the situation the Jewish people faced during the terrible years of the Holocaust branch off from the structure’s spike-like shaft, with the exit dramatically emerging from the mountainside, offering a visitors a view of the valley below.
Varying degrees of light, spaces featuring different heights, and unique settings accentuate the focal points of the museum’s unfolding narrative. The Hall of Names is found at the end of the historical narrative of the Holocaust History Museum of Yad Vashem. This space serves as a memorial to the people who died during the Holocaust, and is a the home for the Pages of Testimony from millions of victims of the Holocaust. Visitors continue on from the Hall of Names to the museum’s end, and on to the balcony from there to take in a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem.
The Artifacts Collection at the museum at Yad Vashem consists of over twenty-seven objects that were received throughout the years as donations from survivors of the Holocaust and their families. Items in the collection were also acquired from different organizations within Israel, as well as other countries. This collection features a broad array of artifacts associated with the events that occurred throughout Europe during the twentieth century’s first half that reveal various aspects of the horrific time of the Holocaust. Recently, there has been a focus on the collection of items that document the daily lives of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
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