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Seminar in memory of Bronka Winicka – Klibanski at the Ghetto Fighters’ House

On November 6th, 2011, the Ghetto Fighters’ House held a study day in memory of Bronka Winicka – Klibanski, who was a courier in the in the Bialystok ghetto during the war.  Many of those who personally were acquainted with and whose lives she touched were present at the one-day seminar.

 

Yoash Tadmor opened the event with the story of the Tel Hai kibbutz in Bialystok.  Eva Krazovksi talked about her childhood with her friend Bronka and on her role as a courier.  Razia Ilan, who edited a book on Bronka called “Arianda”, shared with the audience the writing process of the book.  Yirmiyahu and Tami Ben Shalom, founders of the Kibbutz “Reshit” in Jerusalem, invited those present into the fascinating world and work of Bronka as an educator.

 

Integrated into the program was the reading of Bronka’s letters to Mordechai Tenenbaum – Tamaroff, commander of the Jewish Fighting Organization in the Bialystok ghetto and who stood at the head of the uprising there, which were written both in Hebrew and Polish.  The letters were read by Dorka Sternberg and Tali Shner in Hebrew.

 

Two movies were also screened for the seminar.  One is a short film purchased from Channel 1which shows an interview between Eliyahu Cohen and the poet Zerubavel Gilad, a member of Kibbutz Ein Harod, who discusses his poem “To the girl in the forest”, which was dedicated to Bronka.  The second film was an excerpt from a meeting between Bronka and members of “Dror Israel”. 

 

Present at the event were members of the Society of Former Residents of Bialystok and sons and daughters of partisans who knew Bronka.

 

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