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"Mah Nishtanah?": Haggadot from the Ghetto Fighters' House Archives

The first Passover seder in the children's home of the Coordinatsia in Lodz, April 1946
The first Passover seder in the children's home of the Coordinatsia in Lodz, April 1946

"Mah Nishtanah?"

Haggadot from the Ghetto Fighters' House Archives

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A generation that creates and renews does not cast to the dust-heap the legacy of generations. It examines and considers, sets aside and brings near. Some of the existing tradition it will retain and add to, some of the older tradition it will revive and reanimate, that can nourish the soul of this generation anew.

"If in the life of the People there is something very ancient and very profound, having in it that which can educate human beings and fortify them in anticipation of what will come, would it be fitting for the Revolution to repudiate it?"

(Berl Katznelson, 1934)

 

The Ghetto Fighters' House museum invites our visitors to a special display of Haggadot direct from the archives. 

The two principle motives in the Haggadah are "You shall tell" and "Praise." "You shall tell" deals with the Exodus from Egypt, whose central matter is the passage to freedom; "Praise" is the reciting of Psalms and post-biblical prayers of praise and glorification of God.

 

Many of the Haggadot displayed here were written by members of Socialist-Zionist youth movements and pioneering training groups, who naturally identified with the "You shall tell" aspect and expressed their ideologies through a parallel between the Exodus from Egypt and the New Return to Zion – the Zionist revolution.

 

Among the Haggadot written after the war by Holocaust survivors are parallels between the Jewish People's slavery in Egypt and the Holocaust.

 

As it is said: "In every generation, an individual is obligated to view himself as if he himself left Egypt"

 

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