(Photo: Yad Vashem)

(Photo: Yad Vashem)

By Tracy Frydberg - March 8, 2018 

Originally appeared here in the Times of Israel

In two new Yad Vashem online exhibits, Jewish women in the Holocaust are portrayed in terms of the horrors they experienced — and their courageous responses.

Out in time for the March 8 International Women’s Day, the exhibits uniquely frame Holocaust remembrance through gender.

The first exhibition, “Spots of Light: Women in the Holocaust,” highlights stories of women before, during and after the Holocaust. A collection of individual and communal stories are divided into subjects such as motherhood, love, friendship and faith. They are tied together through testimony from survivors and archival photos and objects.

The second exhibit is a collection of photographed items which had belonged to Jewish women, often used in the Holocaust.

Clicking on each photo leads you to the story behind the object: the rouge used by survivors Rosa Sperling and her daughter Marila (Miriam) to pass the selections in the camps each day, or the cloth case where survivor Hilde Grünbaum kept the sheet music of the Auschwitz women’s orchestra.

Through these photos, the stories of survival and resilience come alive for the online viewer. Read More