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June 23, 2003
The entire area is made up of a number buildings and outdoor gardens and statues. A lot of art representing the Holocaust and art created by Holocaust survivors can be seen and it is incredibly moving. It is good idea to get a map because there are a number of buildings and areas and you want to make sure that you see all that is there to see. The Eternal Flame, the Children's Memorial, and the Righteous among Nations Gardens were particularly moving to me, especially if you know of a particular story.
From journal Jerusalem: Semester Abroad
Clifton, New Jersey
February 5, 2003
Two of the most noted areas of Yad Vashem are the Garden of the Righteous and the Hall of Remembrance. The Garden of the Righteous is where non-Jews who assisted Jews during the Holocaust are honored. A tree has been planted here for Emilie and Oskar Schindler.
The Hall of Remembrance is where memorial services are held. It is a dark building, with a central eternal flame that illuminates the names of the death camps. Victims' ashes are also located here. This is a very solemn place and silence or quiet talking should be practiced.
Free tours are available in English once a day for most of the week. For the individual visitor, there is a 2-hour walking tour of Yad Vashem that allows you to visit all the major sites along a path. You can also follow a longer 3- to 4-hour walking tour, or take a car tour.
From journal Jerusalem Dreams