Spots of Light

Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust

An Exhibit by Yad Vashem

“Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust” is the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women in the Holocaust.

More than two million Jewish women were murdered in the Holocaust. The Nazi ideology viewed women generally as agents of fertility. Accordingly, it identified the Jewish woman as an element that must be exterminated in order to thwart the rise of future generations. For these reasons, the Nazis treated women as prime targets for annihilation in the Holocaust.

This exhibition, developed by Yad Vashem, gives expression to the unique voice of Jewish women in the Holocaust: their choices and responses in the face of the evil, brutality and relentless hardship that they were forced to grapple with.

This exhibit is part of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s 2018-2019 programming theme of Women and the Holocaust.