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About the museum

"Yad Layeled" was established with the aim of providing children of today a first acquaintance with the world of children who lived during the Holocaust.  The museum exhibitions are based on authentic stories taken from diaries and testimonies of children who lived during the Holocaust.

The exhibitions are three-dimensional constructions that incorporated documentary films, authentic artifacts, as well as audio and video installations.  Visitors are allowed to touch and feel the displays and to explore the exhibitions both in and around the displays.

"Yad Layeled", the first and only museum of its kind in Israel and worldwide, introduces young visitors (from age 10 and up) through the personal experiences of children who lived in Europe during that period.



Introduction - The curator of Yad Layeled

Antek (Yitzhak) Zuckermann, Deputy Commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, recalled once how a Jewish boy in the ghetto had come to him with a special request: to find a violin teacher. In those days of hunger and want, this was what the child wanted more than anything else.

About the structure

Yad Layeled's unique architecture reflects the museum's educational concept. The building, as an aesthetic form, expresses the museum message through its location next to the Turkish aqueduct, external structure, halls, floor plan and lighting. The architect, Ram Karmi, visualized the young visitors and designed a layout that combines linear continuity with ciruclar movement in a way that connects beginning and end. This ciruclar motion reflects the architectual concept to never forget the old life: to keep it alive in our minds while life begins anew outside the museum's walls.

About the design

Ori Abramson and Ronit Lombrozo describe how they envisioned the exhibition design of Yad Layeled that would serve as both a memorial and a testimony to the Jewish children that perished during the Holocaust as well as to those who survived.