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Haunting museum explores impact of the Holocaust
By Lauren Kramer/ Special to the Herald
Sunday, April 2, 2006 – Updated: 09:16 AM EST

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There are Holocaust Memorial Museums scattered all over the world, but few leave as lasting an impression, and as profound a sadness on visitors’ consciousness, as the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum here.
The impetus for the museum, which opened last year, was the challenge of effectively conveying the significance and historical and personal impact of the Holocaust to visitors of the new millennium. Yad Vashem’s directors created a museum that presents the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective, telling the horrific story by focusing on the experiences of individual victims. Those experiences are portrayed through original artifacts, survivor testimonies and personal possessions, using all the advantages of modern multimedia to bring the painful Holocaust years vividly into focus.