The Holocaust refers to the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis during World War Two. Though the Jewish people had been persecuted in Europe for centuries, a premeditated genocidal campaign of this scope was unprecedented in modern history, thus leaving a lasting impression on the Jewish people and on the Western world as a whole. The atrocities of the Second World War remind posterity of humankind’s barbarity if left unopposed. The establishment of Holocaust museums following the war serve as a clarion call to ensure similar events will never happen again.
Yad Vashem is the official Israeli museum and research center on the Holocaust. It is one of the largest such institutions in the world. In addition to the physical museum, Yad Vashem has a comprehensive, scholarly website with information on every aspect of the Holocaust. Anyone who wishes to learn more of this shameful period in human history would do well to start here: