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Final Stages: Making Progress Through Versatility

Avner Shalev, the chief curator of the Holocaust History Museum, describes the underlying concept for the design of the exhibition:

“My starting point and basic assumption was that as the years advanced, individual mourning would dissipate, the feeling of severed limbs would become dulled, and the memory of the Holocaust would become like that of any other historical event. In order to prevent this drift and enable future generations to connect to a memory with inherent significance for their identity and values, a memory with the capacity to shape the future, I realized that we would have to place educational work at the center of our endeavors.”

The group of curators embraced this vision and developed a very ambitious and innovative objective: educating the young generation by personalizing the abstract concept of the Holocaust. Thus, unlike the exhibition in the old museum at Yad Vashem, which was primarily composed of photographs, the new exhibition would be composed of a multimedia presentation incorporating personal artifacts. It was designed to span 10 exhibition halls, each devoted to a different chapter in the history of the Holocaust. The exhibits would be set up chronologically, with the testimonies and artifacts accentuating the individual stories. All together, the museum would present the personal stories of 90 Holocaust victims and survivors and would include approximately 2,500 personal items, such as artwork and letters.


  

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