Our Education Department offers traveling exhibits that are recommended for commemoration programs, professional development workshops and classroom instruction. Each exhibit includes a presentation of an introduction to the specific theme of the exhibit, a narrative and explanation, and recommendations how to incorporate this resource into the classroom. Each exhibit is first showcased at the United Nations for annual Holocaust commemoration programs, remained in the US and is on loan through the American Society for Yad Vashem.

For more information contact Marlene W. Yahalom, PhD, Director of Education; education@yadvashemusa.org

Architecture of Murder: the Auschwitz Birkenau Blueprints: This exhibit displays images of original maps, drawings, photographs of the planning stages of Auschwitz, and the original architectural blueprints of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The original plans include images of the construction of Auschwitz-Birkenau that were mostly prepared in the fall of 1941. The plans were found in 2008 in an abandoned apartment in Berlin and purchased by the German media corporation Axel Springer, the publisher of the newspaper Bild. They were eventually given to Yad Vashem and will be preserved for perpetuity in Yad Vashem. This exhibit was displayed at the United Nations in 2010.

No Child’s Play:  This exhibit opens a window into the world of children during the Holocaust. It does not focus on history, statistics or descriptions of physical violence. Instead, images of the toys, games, artwork, diaries and poems displayed here highlight some of the personal stories of the children, to provide a glimpse into their lives during the Holocaust.  This exhibit tells the story of the struggle of these children to hold on to life. It describes their attempts to maintain their childhood and youth by creating for themselves a different reality from that which surrounded them. This exhibit was displayed at the United Nations in 2006.

Besa: A Code of Honor:  This exhibit is about the Righteous Among the Nations – non-Jews who risked their lives saving Jews during the Holocaust. It is comprised of portraits and text about Muslim families in Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust, converging between two seemingly opposed worlds. Prior to World War II, some 200 Jews lived in Albania. In 1943, the Albanian population refused to comply with Nazis’ orders to turn over lists of Jews residing in Albania. The remarkable assistance afforded to the Jews was grounded in Besa, a code of honor. Besa means literally “to keep the promise.” One who acts according to Besa is someone who keeps his word, someone to whom one can trust one’s life and the lives of one’s family. Impressively, there were more Jews in Albania at the end of the war than beforehand. This very human story, told through these sensitive portraits combine to highlight a little known, but remarkable aspect of the Holocaust. This exhibit was displayed at the United Nations in 2008.

With Me Here Are Six Million Accusers: the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem:  This includes information and visual form evidence used in the Eichmann trial and is an engaging and relevant addition to information and documentation of this cataclysmic event in Holocaust and world history. The trial of Adolf Eichmann, the mastermind behind the Final Solution, riveted the attention of the Israeli public and aroused great interest the world over. This trial embodied the first time the Holocaust was presented to a competent judicial body in full details, in all its stages and from all its aspects. Journalists from many countries covered the trial and international public opinion followed its course. This trial gave rise to discussions on a great variety of subjects on the social, political, educational, psychological and political level. To date, approximately 600 works of various categories have been published in numerous languages about the trial.  The trial also sparked intellectual controversy world-wide. This exhibit was displayed at the United Nations in 2012.