Some drowned or hanged themselves, others jumped out of windows or took poison – but even today, it is not clear how many Jews committed suicide in the wake of Kristallnacht, exactly 80 years ago
The Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority – established by the Knesset in 1953 - is a museum and research institution in Jerusalem that safeguards the memory of over six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany and its allies during WWII.
The museum exhibits personal artifacts of Holocaust victims as well as survivor testimonies. It also commemorates the partisans who fought the Axis forces, and honors Righteous Gentiles – non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the war.
In addition to the museum and research facility, Yad Vashem houses an archive and the International School for Holocaust Studies. One of the institution’s central goals is to educate future generations about anti-Semitism, its roots and its destructive consequences. The central memorial at Yad Vashem is the Hall of Remembrance, where an eternal flame burns in memory of Nazi Germany’s victims.
Yad Vashem is also the site of a yearly commemoration ceremony that marks the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Director of Yad Vashem Libraries says museum implies 'that Hungary was actually a nation of rescuers. This is a grave falsification of history.'
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Merkel denies she conditioned her visit on Israel not demolishing the contested West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar
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The roster of righteous gentiles includes a variety of kinds of people and according to Irena Steinfeldt, the Yad Vashem official whose office names them, each one is unlike the others
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Gino Bartali helped save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust by smuggling forged documents in his bike
Washington-based memorial warns that researchers could still be persecuted by Poland for highlighting the country’s role in the Holocaust
The Yad Vashem statement was released after Prof. Yehuda Bauer, an Israel Prize-winning Holocaust historian, said last week that the Israeli-Polish statement was a “betrayal”