Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz
“Here we built a memorial to the burnt-out ghetto.
-Haim Guri, From That Fire / The town of
At the heart of kibbutz stands the Ghetto Fighters' House, serving as both a museum and Holocaust research and documentation center.
Excerpt from the Ghetto Fighters' website:
The Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz was established in April 1949 on a hill overlooking the
Upon immigrating to
In August 1949, the first baby was born on the Ghetto Fighters’ House. The first couples began to marry. For the first time after the long years of suffering and wandering, the kibbutz members began to feel as if they have a permanent home and that their suffering had come to an end. In September 1949 there were 159 members and 21 members in this growing settlement. 60 years have passed since then and today, the kibbutz numbers 250 members, most second and third generation of the founders, their spouses, and groups from the Israeli youth movement who came to settle on kibbutz and families from the city and from abroad who also wanted to settle on the kibbutz. The kibbutz has 200 children, adolescents, and young adults who have completed their army service.
In 1984 the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz published Pages of Testimony (Dapai Edut, interviews by the editor Tzvika Dror). In this four volume literary work, there are testimonies of 96 kibbutz members. In these testimonies, the founders talk about their childhood before World War II, on the war years, on their struggle for life and making Aliya (the Hebrew term for immigration) and the establishment of the kibbutz. Pages of Testimony is in essence the story of the Jewish nation of our generation.
For more information about the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz visit the kibbutz website: http://www.loh.org.il