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“From the Holocaust to Revival”: A program for IDF soldiers at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum

This past year, over 4,000 soldiers, including career soldiers, from various IDF units took part in the “From the Holocaust to Revival” program, which had been made possible by the generous donation from an Israeli donor.

In the course of the program, the soldiers take part in a combined visit: first to the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum and then to the RAFAEL Visitors’ Center. (RAFAEL develops and manufactures advanced defense systems for the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense establishment, as well as for foreign customers around the world) The tour of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum includes a visit to the exhibition “Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust,” which raises historical and moral issues on the subject of resistance during the Holocaust. The soldiers then go to the House of Testimony, which presents the unique story of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz, a group that included members of the Jewish Combat Organization in the Warsaw Ghetto as well as instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The visit concludes with facing the “glass booth” in which Adolf Eichmann sat during his trial in Jerusalem. The connecting thread between the three exhibitions is the role of Holocaust remembrance in Israeli society over the years.

The founders of the museum believed that they had a mission to educate the next generation, and we as educators seek to enhance the relevance of Holocaust remembrance for our visitors. The comment of one participant in the program, a soldier in the Technological Division of the GOC (Ground Armed Command) Army Headquarters, indicates achievement in this context: “We, as a society and as individuals, must be cognizant of the past, and we must be aware of our set of morals every day.”

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