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Chess Sets Used by Jews During the Holocaust

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 20, 2021

chess set used by Jews during the Holocaust

chess set used by Jews during the Holocaust

chess set used by Jews during the Holocaust

From Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, a collection of chess sets used by Jews during the Holocaust. Some of the sets predate the war while others were made and used in camps and in hiding.

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.