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The Ghetto Fighters’ House is on the Israeli tourism map

Over the past few months, various delegations have arrived at the Ghetto Fighters’ House: travel agents from Israel and countries from all over the world, Israeli and foreign reporters, a group of 35 emissaries, and 30 reporters, including leading Spanish correspondents.

In addition to the impressive flow of soldiers, officers, policemen and students who come to the museum daily for a tour or seminars at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, a number of special groups, from Israel and countries from all over the world, have visited the Ghetto Fighters’ House in order to learn about the museum and its unique programs.  As well, these groups are looking for ways to introduce the museum to tourists from Israel and abroad, incorporating it into travel itineraries and tourism in the Western Galilee. 

 

One of the highlights of these visits was a seminar in which 35 emissaries from all over the world participated.  Boris Sovik, the Slovenian ambassador, summarizes the emotional and tear-filled visit of ambassadors, consuls-general and consuls: “We were amazed and happy to discover the advanced technology used at the museum that approaches the Holocaust from a perspective different from the one to which we are used to, dealing with survival, revival and hope, as well the humanistic lessons that can be derived from the Holocaust."  He adds:  "We can only admire and give thanks those who survived the horrors of the Holocaust and the fighters in the Warsaw Uprising, who succeeded in building a future and remained committed to telling the truth to the world and to future generations."

Participating in this historical visit were ambassadors and their deputies, consuls and first secretaries from embassies representing countries such as:  Russia, India, Ethiopia, Austria, Belgium, Mexico, Slovenia, Congo, the Ivory Coast, Malta, Albania, England, Belarus, Bulgaria, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, and Georgia.

 

One of the highlights of the visit was the meeting between the diplomats and the staff of the Center for Humanistic Education, which is directed by Raya Kalisman.  As well, they met with a former student of the Center’s education program who is presently a guide at the Center and with both Jewish and Arab students from the Western Galilee.  The diplomats also met with students who are currently in the program who talked about their experiences in Jewish-Arab encounters in which they discuss the Holocaust and the pain of others.

 

The diplomats heard how some of these discussions took place just after and in the shadow of the events in Acre after Yom Kippur, during the height of the second war in Lebanon and in the midst of “Operation Cast Lead”.  These senior diplomats with all their experience did not hide their emotions throughout the visit, asking questions and showing interest in the different approach of the Ghetto Fighters’ House.  The visit also included a talk with Havka Fulman-Raban, one of the founders of the kibbutz and museum and member of the underground in Warsaw.  She explained how emphasis is put on those issues that guided the founders of the kibbutz and museum, as well as their successors:  Jewish resistance to the Nazi regime, heroism during the Holocaust, the ability to rise from the ashes and start new lives in Israel and most of all, the humanistic lessons learned from the Holocaust. 

 

The guided tour included visiting the "Remembrance Hall", the "Warsaw Ghetto Fights Back" exhibit, the children's memorial museum Yad Layeled and the Humanistic Center.  The distinguished guests were impressed by the large number of groups, including soldiers and students, visiting the museum throughout the day. 

 

 

Yitzhak Eldan, Foreign Ministry Chief of Protocol, remarked at the end of the visit:  "There is no doubt that there were quite a few high points.  The ambassadors were mostly touched by the meeting with Havka Raban, who survived the Holocaust and tells her story, what she went through in order to pass on her profound and moving understanding of the Holocaust."

 

 

 

 

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