the holocaust museum

yad vashem

"ונתתי להם בביתי ובחומתי יד ושם טוב מבנים ומבנות שם עולם אתן לו אשר לא יכרת"

 "Thus says the Lord: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. 
Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil." 
Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the Lord Speak, saying, "The Lord has utterly separated me from His people"; Nor let the eunuch say, "Here I am, a dry tree."
 For thus says the Lord: "To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths and choose what pleases Me and hold fast My covenant, e
ven to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name (Yad Va shem) better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. 
"Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants-- Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant-- 

 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations."

(Isaiah 56)

the establishment of the national memorial Yad Vashem

One of the first pioneers of the project of the establishment of the national memorial of Holocaust was Mordekhai Shenhavy, the prominent member of Kibbutz Mishmar A-Emek. He proposed to name it after the words of Isaiah the prophet  Yad Va Shem - Name and Memory. Perhaps he meant both the victimcs and those non Jews who risking thier lives were trying to save the Jewish people.

Later, in 1953, Education minister, historian, Professor Ben Tzion Dinoor  proposed to issue a law for the establishment of the memorial and the museum. The law being accepted fulfilled the will of millions perished in the Holocaust people that their cause will not be forgotten.

the museum

In 1960-s the first exhibition was opened and then the prominent exhibition began working in 1973.

The architect Moshe Safdy created new museum in the middle of 1990-s. It includes more than 100 videomonitors constantly screening the survivers' witnesses and also documentary chronicles of WW2 and Holocaust events. 

to be continued...