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Meet Two New Volunteers at the Ghetto Fighters' House

With the New Year approaching, the Ghetto Fighters' House Archives have received two young volunteers – Olga Korshonov, from Israel, and Aylin Bademsoy, from Austria. Both came to the archives as part of their national service.

Olga Korshonov, who is doing her national service duty through "Beit Ami" in Carmiel, was introduced to the idea of working in the archives by her father, Boris, who is the museum's computer technician. She explains how history lessons about the Holocaust were the ones that interested her the most, so when her father asked her if she would be interested in volunteering at the Ghetto Fighters' House she immediately agreed. Olga is fluent in three languages – Hebrew, Russian and English – and enjoys working on the digitalization of documents.

Olga Korshonov

The Archives have been receiving the help of an Austrian volunteer from the Verein Gedenkdienst ("Memory Service") organization for almost 10 years. High school and university graduates in Austria can choose from three tracks: military service (six months), national service in Austria (nine months) or national service in a Holocaust memorial institution (one of twenty) in Israel, Europe or the United States (twelve months). The students can choose to work in education, with Holocaust survivors or in archives. Aylin Bademsoy recently completed her B.A. in German Language and Literature. She heard about the volunteer program at the Ghetto Fighters' House through a friend in Austria who is working on his PhD in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa. She believes that coming to Israel and working in the archives will contribute to her research on the subject. Her work in the archives includes the translation of letters written between 1933 and 1945, in German, which were hidden under the Warsaw ghetto. She is deciphering the words, as well as tracking the names of the people mentioned in the letters. Though she has lived in Austria since 2007, Aylin says that she feels at home in Israel, which is very similar to Turkey. 

Aylin Bademsoy

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