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“Powerful, informative and sad”

Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
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2-Hour Group Guided Tour of Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum
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Jerusalem Full Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 310 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Powerful, informative and sad”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

A beautifully landscaped complex overlooking Jerusalem that is rich in information.

The museum traces the roots of "modern" anti-Semitism, Hitler's rise to power and the methods he then used to exterminate Jews and those who tried to help them. There are personal stories of survivors, tales of those who perished and portraits of those who risked their lives to save Jews.

The displays are full of photos, text and video clips, as well as artifacts. They tell the stories of what happened to the Jewish population of each European country.

It's an amazing museum -- very scholarly -- but its completeness means there is an overwhelming amount of information available. I recommend a couple of strategies:

-- pick one or two countries of interest and focus on their stories, bypassing the others; or
-- spend an hour or so, retrace your steps to the coffee shop for a break and return for more.

It's a complex, not just one building, so there are other areas besides the museum itself: for example, the Avenue of the Righteous has plaques immortalizing non-Jews who risked their lives to help their fellow human beings, and the Children's Memorial, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, a stunningly beautiful and haunting spot.

Visited March 2013
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Passaic Park, New Jersey
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“amazingly well done”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Really, better than the one in Washington DC. If you go, don't miss the Community of Villages installation on the grounds. Most people only go through the main building, and they miss the best part!

Visited March 2013
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Staines, United Kingdom
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“Awesome”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

This couldbe harrowing but is so beautifully done it doesnt shock or scare and just tells a story from so many people's views and the personal stories are beautifully told. Lovely location on the edge of the forest and easy to access via public transport.

Visited March 2013
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Morristown, New Jersey
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“sensitively done displays of the tragic Holocaust”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

After the museum , dont miss the Valley of Communities, down a long path to a 2.5 acre monument to the towns that were destroyed in the Holocaust. Probably the best monument i have ever seen, simple yet grand and glorious.

Visited March 2013
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Anacortes, Washington
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“A must”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Overwhelming and sad. Large groups of Israeli army trainees are brought here. Gives the history of the Holocaust, starting with the roots of antisemitism and the rise of Hitler and going through to the death camps, the mass shootings,and the indifference of the rest of the world. Shows the complicity of non-Germans in the evil. Much more complete and extensive than the museum in Washington. Be sure to see the Children's Memorial

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