Eileen and I visited the new Yad Vashem museum which was re-opened to the public in 2005. The museum is designed in the shape of a prism penetrating the mountain. Divided into nine galleries, the museum relates the stories of the Jewish communities before the Second World War and the series of events beginning from the rise of the Nazis to power, the pursuit of the Jews, their eviction to the ghettos and ending with “the Final Solution” and mass genocide. The personal experiences and feelings of the victims of the Holocaust constitute the groundwork for the museum’s exhibits. Photographs, films, documents, letters, works of art, and personal items found in the camps and ghettos are all an integral part of the exhibits. The art gallery displays works related to the holocaust, many from survivors and/or their family members.
Visiting the Yad Vashem museum is an emotional and heartrending experience. Seeing the exhibits and remembering the Holocaust gives each visitor a meaningful way to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.