After the Kotel (the Western Wall), Yad Vashem receives more visitors than any other tourist site in Israel. Established by Israeli law in 1953, Yad Vashem is the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Holocaust Museum. The name is taken from Isaiah 56:5: "Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name ..." (yad vashem) The Hebrew word yad also means 'memorial'.
Recently, Yad Vashem was listed fourth of the 25 best museums in the world by Trip Advisor. The complex is pleasantly situated on Mount Herzl, on the Mount of Remembrance, and is accessible by light rail and city bus, also on the Red Bus (Jerusalem City Tour Bus 99). Admission is free. Visitors can see the Holocaust History Museum with archives, the Children's Memorial, the Hall of Remembrance, the Museum of Holocaust Art, sculptures, and outdoor commemorative sites such as the Valley of the Communities. There is a synagogue on the premises, also a research institute; an educational center - The International School for Holocaust Studies; a library and a publishing house.
Yad Vashem also honors 'Righteous Gentiles', people who were instrumental in saving Jews during the Holocaust, at great personal risk.
Not an easy place to visit ... but the work of remembrance will go on. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that a Holocaust will never be allowed to happen again. It is a sad fact that the youngest Holocaust survivors are already approaching 70 years of age. While they are still with us, let us compensate as much as we can for the unspeakable suffering Holocaust survivors have endured. For your donation of just $55, Israel Today will supply a Holocaust survivor with several gift coupons to use in Israeli supermarkets. Click here *AND all this summer, Israel Today will match your donation, providing a 'double blessing' for those who need it most.