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Yad Vashem displays toys of Jewish children in the Holocaust

'Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven' exhibit opens window into world of some 1.5 million children murdered the Nazis.

They clung to them through the hardest days and nights, the most frightening moments, the most scarring seconds – teddy bears, dolls, anything they could play with. And now, these toys, which once belonged to Jewish children during the Holocaust, are part of a special exhibition at Yad Vashem.

The exhibition, entitled "Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven," opens a window into the world of the approximately one and a half million children murdered in the Holocaust by highlighting some of their personal stories through the toys on display, together with games, artwork, diaries and poems. Many of the items' original owners are no longer alive.

According to Yehudit Inbar, the exhibition's curator and director of Yad Vashem's Museums Division, "Children in the Holocaust: Stars Without a Heaven" tells the story of survival, of the children's struggle to hold on to life and try to maintain their childhood and youth by creating a different reality for themselves.

"The children's childhood was cut short by the Holocaust; yet they still remained children, and played and laughed and created and expressed their fears and their hopes whenever they could." said Inbar.

Israel will mark the Holocaust Remembrance day on 16 April and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory over the German Nazis.

Source: Ynet

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