top of page

Jerusalem. People United in a Prayer

Sezione 1
Sezione 2

Yad Vashem

Eliezer Wiesel. 2005 AD


It was March 2005,

when I attended the inauguration
of the new Holocaust History Museum together with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Moshe Katsav and heads of state from over fifteen countries. Officially established in 1953, its task, according to the law, was to collect, examine and publish testimonies of the tragedy and heroism.
Mercato di Rialto_03.png

Efforts to document the Holocaust had begun long before the Yad Vashem law was passed. Its archives contain many kinds of material relating to the Holocaust, to the life of Jews in Europe between the two world wars, and to the lives of survivors like me after that terrible period... This includes a large number of diaries, letters, films, testimonies and personal documents that have been donated by individuals to the museum; much of it is original.

There are also documents created by Jewish organisations before, during and after the Holocaust. Additional material, which Yad Vashem has collected and collated from the beginning, are the official documents that authorities and various organisations throughout Europe issued, confirming their participation in the extermination of the Jewish community in Europe during the Nazi period.

Many come from German archives, but not only, also from countries under German control during the Second World War. Where was God when all this happened? I don't know... And yet, I have never stopped praying.
Mercato di Rialto_04.png
Sezione 3

Go back to this place


Yad Vashem

Eliezer Wiesel. 2005 AD

Go on to the next place


Nebi Samuel. XI century BC

Samuel's Tomb

bottom of page