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Chess Sets, a Brief Respite from a Harsh Reality

Bearing Witness – Stories behind the artifacts in the Yad Vashem Museum Collection – “Preserved in the Artifacts Collection of Yad Vashem’s Museum are approximately twenty chess sets that were used by Jews during the Holocaust. Some were crafted during the war, others were made before the war and taken with Jews who were deported from their homes. Playing chess helped to alleviate the suffering of Jews and allowed them a few brief moments of relief from the hunger, the cold and the fear, temporarily easing their loneliness and sense of isolation…”

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