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New Exhibit Chronicles Jewish Yearning for Israel During Holocaust

Yad Vashem tourists Tourists at Yad Vashem (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

Jews around the world clung to the hope of Zionism during the years of the Holocaust reports the Times of Israel’s Tracy Frydberg – and a new exhibit at Yad Vashem, “They Say There Is a Land,” brings to life this longing:

The contents of the exhibit — children’s artwork, letters to loved ones, photos and hand-drawn maps — hung on freshly painted navy walls and sat in glass cases still noticeably free of fingerprints. The collection presents a look at Zionism as a beacon of hope — freedom for a Jewish people helplessly trapped in Hitler’s grasp. . .

According to Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev, “Longing for Israel was a cornerstone to building the Jewish and national self through generations. It was always changing, but present.”

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