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Exhibitions Pavilion

Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven

On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Yad Vashem opened a new exhibition, "Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven." The exhibition gives expression to the lives of the 1.5 million children who were murdered in the Holocaust, displaying the stories that remained of these children or the stories of the few who survived.

On display are items from Yad Vashem's artifacts, art and archives collections. In addition, art students from the Department of Ceramics and Glass Design of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem created works from glass, porcelain and ceramics and students from the Department of Visual Communication Design of the Holon Institute of Technology-HIT created short animated clips, especially for the exhibition. These works were created to help illustrate the personal stories of the children where, due to the wartime circumstances of their childhood, little or no materials remained.

"It is especially difficult to present the world of Jewish children during the Shoah, as there is an extreme paucity of materials available illustrating their personal stories," explains the exhibition's curator Yehudit Inbar, Director of Yad Vashem's Museums Division. "Consequently, the starting point for this exhibition was that everything that could assist in reflecting the lives, dreams and achievements of the children had a potential use. On exhibition are items from Yad Vashem's Artifacts, Art and Archives Collections, enhanced by films made about children, artworks created by their relatives, music composed to accompany lyrics written by them during the Holocaust, and more."

Following the entrance lobby, in which Designer Niv Ben-David presents "Childhood before the Holocaust," the main section of the exhibition is structured around eight major themes – such as "home," "play" and "youth movements" – with sub-topics, including "saying goodbye" and "rites of passage." Exhibition Designer Chanan de Lange, a long-standing partner of Yad Vashem in visual displays, created a symbolic forest in which the materials are exhibited. Each one of the 33 "trees" contains a main story, with additional stories played on digital screens.

Open:

Sunday - Wednesday: 9:00-17:00
Thursday & Holiday Eves: 9:00-14:00
Free Admission
The exhibition is recommended for children over the age of 10.