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Literally, Monument and Memorial. Israel’s memorial to the Jewish communities and people who perished in the Holocaust. Located on the Mount of Remembrance near Jerusalem, the Yad VaShem building includes a library, an archives building, exhibits, and a memorial chamber. Foreign diplomats visiting Israel are taken to visit Yad VaShem, and schools organize regular visits so that the new generation born and raised in Israel learns about one of the most tragic episodes in the history of their people.

A new Holocaust History Museum was completed in 2005. Designed by famed Israeli architect Moshe Safdie, it juts on both sides of a hill overlooking Jerusalem and provides a sweeping history of the enormity of the catastrophe in images, text and digital media.

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