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Yad Vashem, Jerusalem Overview

The annihilation of some 6 million Jews is severely etched in the Jewish national psyche. It is said that there is no museum so riveting and so moving.

The Yad Vashem was built in 1953 as a commemoration to those millions of Jewish lives which were lost to Nazi perpetrators. Located at the foot of Mount Herzi, in West Jerusalem, the name Yad Vashem means a 'memorial and a name' sourced from the biblical book of Isaiah. The 45 acre campus comprises museums, monuments, memorials, gardens and sculptures, archives, research and education centers. The Holocaust History Museum documents Jewish life before the catastrophe, the Children's Memorial is dedicated to the numerous Jewish children mercilessly massacred by the Nazis, while the Avenue of the Righteous is an ode to the Gentiles who risked their lives for the Jews and the Hall of Remambrance names the concentration camps. The Holocaust is no unknown fact and the visit to Yad Vashem will make you gauge the gravity of the incident more so.

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