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About Yad Vashem

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The Archives and Library Building The Archives and Library Building

Yad Vashem is dedicated to documenting the events of the Shoah by collecting and safeguarding millions of pieces of evidence, so that an accurate and detailed historical record of the atrocities committed against the Jewish people may be preserved and disseminated.

The Yad Vashem Archives house the largest collection of Holocaust documentation in the world. The 125 million pages of documentary evidence, films, and 420,000 photographs, as well as more than 100,000 survivor testimonies stand as indisputable proof of the genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Yad Vashem’s Library, which contains the most comprehensive collection of Holocaust-related publications in the world, contains over 112,000 titles in 50 languages, as well as a collection of around 4,000 newspapers and periodicals, many of which are from the Holocaust period.

Since 1954, Yad Vashem has been fulfilling its mandate to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims by collecting their names and biographical details, and preserving them in an eternal memorial in the Hall of Names. More than two million Pages of Testimony have been submitted to Yad Vashem to date. These pages form the basis of the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names.

Yad Vashem’s collection of Holocaust Art and Artifacts is the largest and most extensive in the world. The collection currently comprises some 10,500 works of art and 25,000 artifacts, many of which are displayed throughout the Museum Complex.