Dear friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House,
The most important events this year in the Ghetto Fighters’ House cultural and educational activities are those marking 70 years to the uprisings in the Warsaw Ghetto and other ghettos and camps. We are currently at the height of this project – the ceremony that concludes Holocaust Memorial Day and the two evening programs open to the public on April 10 and 11, between Holocaust Day and Israeli Fallen Soldiers Remembrance Day. The ceremony will be devoted to the memory of the Holocaust and the uprising, while the evenings “Between the Sirens” will be devoted to the meaning of the Warsaw Ghetto in Israeli society and to Israel’s soldiers. We will talk, listen, and ask questions about the legend and how it has undergone change.
As we prepare for these events, the ongoing activity of the departments and division continues uninterrupted with our professional and relevant programming. The Education and Guide Center welcomes a wide variety of visitors including our on-going groups. In recent months, the Center has welcomed numerous senior citizen and veteran groups, and thousands of IDF soldiers preparing for “A Flower for a Survivor” project for Holocaust Remembrance Day. This program, created by the Ghetto Fighters’ House many years ago, continues to oversee the meaningful experience with the IDF Educational Corps.
The campus has seen additional activity as of late. Yad LaYeled Children’s Museum welcomed many visitors during Passover this year thanks to the support of Bank HaPoalim that provided free entrance to the Museum during the holiday. Also, the annual activities of the Center for Humanistic Education culminated after Passover with a three-day, multi-cultural seminar. Youth from diverse sectors of Israeli society who participated in the Center's program this year took part in the seminar.
The Museum Archive almost never sees a day go by without receiving new testimony or rare items such as letters, diaries, objects or certificates. These artifacts shed light on unknown aspects of past events. All of this special material requires meticulous archival research and preservation by our archival staff, as well as preparation to make it available to the public via the Internet.
With the assistance of our curator and designers, the Museum is also making progress in the planning and development of renovated exhibits on the ghettos and youth movements. We recently received another generous contribution for this exhibit from Trudy and Robert Gottesman of the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House. The Gottesman family has been among the most loyal and devoted supporters of museum.
Much work is also being invested in upgrading the Jews of Holland during the Holocaust exhibit, which will include video testimony from Dutch survivors as well as an interactive educational activity. This welcomed project was made possible thanks to the Dutch Friends of Ghetto Fighters’ House and the Maror Fund of Dutch Immigrants to Israel. Also, with thanks to the on-going support of the French Friends of Ghetto Fighters’ House, on Holocaust Remembrance Day we will be launching a new audio guide in French that will accompany the museum's exhibititions.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all our friends and donors from Israel and abroad for their generosity and crucial support.
Dr. Anat Livne,
Director, Ghetto Fighters' House