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“Moving and enlightening, for jews and non-jews alike”

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
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Audio Guide Tour of the Holocaust History Museum
Ranked #2 of 308 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The World Holocaust Remembrance Center is a 45-acre campus comprised of indoor museums, outdoor monuments, gardens and sculptures. Entrance to Yad Vashem is free. Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is for ages 10 and up.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Novosibirsk, Russia
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“Moving and enlightening, for jews and non-jews alike”
Reviewed June 5, 2011

Went there on my own, prepared for a heart-moving and dramatic experience; however I didn't have much time at my disposal - and didn't expect the Museum to be that big. Besides it's design prevents you from quickly "browsing" from the beginning to the end - you have to go through all the expositions, one by one. Actually the design of the Museum calls for spending a lot of time in it, sometimes just quietly sitting in darkness and watching the filmed accounts of the events, interviews with the survivors etc.
It certainly is a wise way to prevent the "just-curious" and disrespectful visitor from unthinkingly thumbing through the pages of history which scream with pain and tragedy. However since there are lots of great books and movies available on the topic, the history as such is, I guess, quite well known to the majority of those really interested. The real task and challenge is - IMHO - to add an emotional, rather then intellectual, dimension, to involve the visitor aesthetically, rather then informationally. Hence, the main impression - IMHO - is produced by the Hall of Names (within the Museum itself), Hall of Remembrance and Children's Memorial - the place where I just couldn't stop myself from crying! (You have to have kids of your own to really appreciate it's heart-breaking metaphor!)
My conclusion: if you saw the Hall of Names, Hall of Remembrance and Children's Memorial - you've seen it all. But visiting these three gems - is a must!

Visited May 2011
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 21, 2011

Quite emotional. I agree with previous posts in that there is so much information to take in, the brain can be overloaded. Pictures, videos, written information. We spent 3 hours here and it really wasn't long enough as we had to rush to get around to the gardens and Children's Memorial. Allow lots of time, bring some food as the cafe can get really busy and LADIES, comfortable shoes!! You will be walking for hours and you need to think practical.. Still trying to get my head around why this ever happened in the first place and have more questions than answers now that I've been here.

Visited February 2011
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“A moving experience”
Reviewed February 8, 2011

Being Polish I am very well aware of the history of both our nations. I have been to both Auschwitz and Birkenau, and despite knowing almost everything there is to know about the Holocaust my brief visit to Yad Vashem was definitely worth my time. Beware that the museum is very big and if you want to go over each and every exhibit you should reserve at least half a day. The exhibits were arranged in a logical order and each and every one of them was well described and interesting for the average visitor. The idea with planting the trees to symbolize people who have been involved in helping Jews during the holocaust was very inspiring. It was really great to see so many polish names. Yad Vashem is definitely worth visiting.

Visited February 2011
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“Outdoor attractions steal the show.”
Reviewed December 31, 2010

I visited Yad Vashem my last day in Jerusalem, it is a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the Old City. I went on a Sunday around 10:00AM and the crowds were already forming, so it is a quite popular attraction.

Essentially the grounds are divided into a didactic indoor Holocaust History museum and various exhibits outside of the museum proper more suited to reflection and remembrance. The indoor museum is divided into about 8 sections, recounting the beginnings of anti-Semitism, Hitler's rise to power, the Final Solution, etc. Being a fairly serious student of the Holocaust I found little new here but the emphasis on Jewish Resistance and the Einsatzgruppen were appreciated. The audio guide was helpful but certainly not obligatory; English signage was excellent.

The outdoor exhibits were easily the highlight for me and I spent a good 90+ minutes walking around the grounds to experience them. The Memorial to the Deportees, Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations, and Children's Memorial (wow) among others were very appropriate and moving.

I would highly suggest not only an obligatory visit here for visitors to Israel but please also set aside time to experience the outdoor grounds. Highly Recommended.

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“i wasnt born yet”
Reviewed October 27, 2010

the site was interesting but i kept feeling like they were blaming all non jews for the holocaust.they even have exhibits that basically say that. avoid the tunnel of lights and mirrors, may cause dizziness and vertigo.this period in human history is one of the lowest, yet those of us who were not born yet shouldnot be blamed for it especially if you are not german.you probably should avoid having an older israeli guide, like we did.

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