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On International Women’s Day, Yad Vashem Launched Two Female-Focused Exhibits

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Women in the Holocaust are remembered in two new online exhibits hosted by Israel’s Holocaust museum. Writing at The Times of Israel, Tracy Frydberg tells us more:

The first exhibition, “Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust,” highlights stories of women before, during and after the Holocaust. A collection of individual and communal stories are divided into subjects such as motherhood, love, friendship and faith. They are tied together through testimony from survivors and archival photos and objects.

The second exhibit is a collection of photographed items which had belonged to Jewish women, often used in the Holocaust.

“Women ages 20-45 were considered to be the mothers of the next generation. The thinking [of the Nazis] was if [women] will survive, they will be able to birth the next generation of Jewish children,” said Shik [director of the online learning department in the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem].

This, she said, led to a harsher selection process for women — more than 2 million of whom were murdered in the Holocaust.

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