In recognition of 72 years since the annihilation of the Tomaszow Lubelski Jewish community, a commemoration ceremony was held at the Ghetto Fighters’ House this past month. The ceremony was attended by over 200 guests, including Holocaust survivors from the community, as well as their children and grandchildren. The event was organized by the Remembrance Foundation of Tomaszow Lubelski Jewry.
The program included a memorial service, lighting of candles in the Yizkor Hall , salutations by Haim Zeidel, Chairman of the remembrance foundation, and “Memories of my mother’s house”, the personal story of Prof. Yitzhak Zamir, former Supreme Court justice and legal advisor for the government. The keynote lecture was given by Haim Magira, one of the museum’s educators, who talked about the Eichmann trial. Afterwards, Shachar Bernstein, a grandchild of one of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ House, described how the foundation’s website was constructed. The even closed with the words of the Director of the foundation, Yihiel Narkis, who organized the evening:
“I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the organization of this commemoration event for Tomaszow Lubelski Jewish community at the Ghetto Fighters’ House on Monday, October 24th, 2011. We have received, and continue to receive, words of appreciation from many participants, which I would like to direct to all those involved in this evening at the museum. We hope to work together again in the future. Well done!”
We turn to members of similar communities who are interested in conducting a commemoration service or a gathering of second and third generations at the Ghetto Fighters’ House to contact the museum for more information.