One of our most moving experiences during our visit to Jerusalem was a return visit to Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. We toured most of the complex, including the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations (where there is a tree planted to honor Oscar Schindler, among many other gentiles who helped save Jews during the Holocaust), the Hall of Remembrance, the Children’s Memorial, the Holocaust History Museum, and the Education Center where we met with a Holocaust survivor who told our small group of eight her life story [see our next blog post].
“Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is on the western slope of Mount Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, 804 meters (2,638 feet) above sea level and adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest. The memorial consists of a 180-dunam (18.0 ha; 44.5-acre) complex containing the Holocaust History Museum, memorial sites such as the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance, The Museum of Holocaust Art, sculptures, outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities, a synagogue, a research institute with archives, a library, a publishing house, and an educational center, The International School/Institute for Holocaust Studies. A core goal of Yad Vashem’s founders was to recognize gentiles who, at personal risk and without a financial or evangelistic motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust. Those recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations are honored in a section of Yad Vashem known as the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations. After the Western Wall, Yad Vashem is the second-most-visited Israeli tourist site. Its curators charge no fee for admission and welcome approximately one million visitors a year.” – Wikipedia