Into the Depths of Our History: Media Magnets Experience Yad Vashem

As Jews, we share rich traditions, incredible stories, and also, unbearably painful moments in our history. On Thursday, the Media Magnets explored Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. During their visit, Yad Vashem gave the women exclusive access to take photos — which is usually not allowed — so that they could share the tragic stories of the Holocaust with their millions of followers around the world.

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“A heartbreaking morning at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem… My stepfather’s aunt stayed behind in Austria to be with her mother who was too old to get a visa. Even though she wasn’t my family, I was emotionally overwhelmed with the volume of documents they were able to recover on her. It was unlike anything I’ve ever felt: devastated by the reality of the horror she experienced, proud to be able to help bring a little closure to someone; moved to help make sure these atrocities are never repeated. I can see now we all have a VERY REAL and urgent need to continue the fight for tolerance and peace in today’s growing environment of hate. I will never forget and I will teach my children.”

Sarah Maizes

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“While it’s painful to visit, it’s even more painful to forget about this horrible tragedy.”

Nancy Johnson Horn

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“My heart is heavy, my eyes red, as I try to comprehend the profound horrors, the astronomical loss we have suffered as a nation… This genocide was a crippling loss to our nation, yet against all odds, we survived, and today we thrive, strong in number and together in spirit. Am Yisrael Chai.”

Chef Chaya 

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“I stand here humbled by the women, men and children who survived — a testimony to the human strength to persevere and endure.”

Wendy Diamond 

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“At the age of 13, my grandfather became an orphan. He watched his six siblings and parents get murdered by the Nazis and he ran and hid in the forest in Latvia… For two years, he joined the Latvian Resistance and fought Nazis and killed them in the forest while hiding and trying to protect his own life… [Today at Yad Vashem], seeing the history of what happened to him and his family, seeing the photos of his siblings who were murdered made it very real and it made me sort of understand the history of what my family has been through.”

Natalie Zfat

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“Every person has a name. Every person is a universe in itself. Yad Vashem in Israel is a museum of remembrance that honors the lives of the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It has named 4.7 million victims. It also honors over 26,000 righteous people who risked their own lives to save others. That courage allows you to remember that there is light even in the darkest of times.”

Jeannette Kaplun 

 

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