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Yad Vashem and Visiting with the Katzman's
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 02:33 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | Israel | Physical and Health Education | Walk

Today Mom, Dad and I spent most of the time at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Jerusalem. The museum part is new as of February, 2005, the 60th year after the war was over. The museum is designed to take you through the history and experiences of the Jewish people from before the war, during the war and after the liberation from the concentration camps. It was incredibly well laid out and had lots of personal video testimonies of survivors and witnesses to the war and the camps. The Hall of Names had records of victims and survivors of the war. There was big screen in the Hall that pages through all of the names on an ongoing basis. It was very powerful to see all of the books filled with the records of each victim.

There were lots of artifacts and replicas to help the visitor experience something of what it was like during the war. It was very sad and I am glad I visited the museum.

After the Museum, we went through the Children's Memorial. It was carved in the rock and was created to honor the 1.5 million children who died in the war. Inside, it was very dark and there were mirrors with lit candles to create the effect of many, many candle flames burning. In the background, a voice read the names of the victims and the country where they came from. It was very sad to see all of those lights that burned out.

When we were done at Yad Vashem, we grabed a taxi and headed over to visit my Dad's cousin Trevor Katzman and his family. Michael and Grandma Rachel had gone to their house earlier in the day. When we arrived we said our hellos to Ros, Sarah, Abigail, Bathia, and Aaron-David. The other 3 kids were out and about. We had a nice visit and then jumped into Ros's car to go see her husband, Trevor, son Dani and eldest daughter Deborah who were just finished work for the day.

We found their office in Jerusalem and said hello. It was really nice to meet more of their family. We had dinner together and said our goodbyes (for now!). They helped us find a big taxi so we could take Grandma Rachel back to Tel Aviv too. We got to Anat and Igal's house at about 11:00. Long day!


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