Holocaust History Museum

A decade in the making, the Holocaust History Museum combines the best of Yad Vashem’s expertise, resources, and state-of-the-art exhibits to carry Holocaust remembrance through the 21st century. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the Holocaust History Museum is a prism-like triangular structure that penetrates the Mount of Remembrance from one side to the other, with both ends dramatically cantilevering into the open air.

Galleries portraying the complexity of the Jewish situation during those terrible years branch off the central pathway. Both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, these exhibits present the story of the Shoah from a unique Jewish perspective, emphasizing the experiences of the individual victims through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions.

At the end of the Museum’s historical narrative is the Hall of Names. The Hall of Names is the Jewish People’s memorial to each and every Jew who perished in the Holocaust – a place where they may be commemorated for generations to come. The ceiling of the Hall displays photographs and Pages of Testimony, representing a fraction of the murdered six million men, women, and children from the diverse Jewish world destroyed by the Nazis and their accomplices. The victims’ portraits are reflected in water at the base of an opposing cone carved out of the mountain’s bedrock.

As visitors emerge from the exhibits, they are greeted at the end of the Museum by dramatic views of modern-day Jerusalem.

TO LEARN MORE:http://www.yadvashem.org/museum/holocaust-history-museum

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