English-speaking church in Eindhoven

Day 9 – Yad Vashem

Today was a free day in Jerusalem without guided tours.

We took the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem – the Jewish memorial to the Holocaust, also known as the Shoah (שואה), meaning “calamity” in Hebrew (link to Wikipedia page on the Shoah – in Hebrew).

As a student of twentieth century history I have been learning about the Holocaust since childhood. Yet, by the end of this visit I was stunned as never before at the enormity and ruthlessness of evil that was exercised during the Holocaust as shown in this memorial. It is beyond words.

Lord, have mercy!

Sculpture of Job – Nathan Rapoport
Yad Vashem Memorial