Jewish educators from the Commonwealth of Independent States learn about the Holocaust at the Ghetto Fighters’ House
A delegation of Jewish educators took part in an annual seminar in early December. The 30 participants, who came from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Lithuania and Latvia, are educators in both formal and informal education.
The seminar, now in its tenth year, is a joint initiative of the Ghetto Fighters’ House, the Jewish Agency, and Yad Vashem. The visionary who established this educator seminar is the late Dr. Pinchas Agmon, who was the Director of the Russian Department at the Ghetto Fighters’ House.
The seminar included a general introduction to the museum’s exhibitions, such as “Dutch Jewry during the Holocaust”, “Righteous Gentiles”, “Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust”, and “House of Testimony”. The participants also met with the museum’s curators. They took part in three workshops: “Roots – Jewish Communities of the Past”, a special workshop on the Jewish youth movements between the two world wars and, finally, a workshop with Lena Makarova on Holocaust art as resistance with a focus on Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. Moshe Kravitz, a Holocaust survivor who also works in the museum’s archive, gave testimony about his childhood in the Kovno Ghetto and the group of children who survived together. The educators heard a lecture by Moshe Haveh from the “Shem Olam” Institute and also toured the Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz and the Atlit Detainee Camp.
The week-long seminar was a received positive feedback from the participants:
“The atmosphere at the seminar was supportive and respectful, allowing a fruitful discussion among the participants. There was a home-like atmosphere and a willingness to listen."
“The museum’s education kits are excellent and the didactic tools will help us in our educational work at our schools.”
“We feel as if we have become friends of the museum.”
The success of the seminar was due to the professional leadership of the Russian Desk staff , which is part of the musuem’s International Department