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Ghetto Fighters' House Newsletter No. 2 November 2012

 Coming soon:  New exhibition 

On 16 November 2012, the exhibition “Black-and-White Forest: Two Journeys to Treblinka” –the photographs of Ariel Yannay – will open.

Ariel Yannay, director of the photography department at Camera Obscura, is the son of Warsaw-born Shmuel “Samek” Yannay, the last commander of the Palyam naval unit, whose family was wiped out in Treblinka. This exhibition contains photographs taken by Ariel Yannay in the forests near the murder sites and a dialogue between Yannay and Chavka Folman-Raban, who had reached Treblinka on a mission as liaison-courier of the Warsaw ghetto’s underground Zionist movement “Dror” to verify rumors about the extermination of Jews there. The exhibition deals with the meaning of the journey and the ability of photography to provide evidence and serve as a channel for memory.

Read more about the exhibit >>

Hidden Treasures From the Archive


Stories of Resistance and Rebellion in the Ghettos, Forests and Camps

The Ghetto Fighters’ House Archive contains hundreds of thousands of items, documents, and personal effects, which naturally are not familiar to the public at large. The goal of this column is to cast light on the people and stories behind these items. We hope this column will also pique the curiosity and interest of scholars, and motivate them to use the archive to enrich their research. This year the column will be devoted to “70 Years to the Uprising” – stories of resistance and rebellion in the ghettos, forests, and camps. 


From the Education Department:
New Programming Marks the 70th Anniversary
of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


This year we mark the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and will be holding many activities related to uprisings in various ghettos and camps. These programs encompass activities in the Education Programming Department, Yad LaYeled, and the in-service training programs we offer to teachers and the community-at-large.  Read more>>


A Journey to Poland in the Footsteps of Itzhak Katzenelson

Last summer, the Hallel Center - the unit within GFH that organizes study trips to Poland -  conducted an extraordinary journey, unlike any previously taken.  This was a journey in the footsteps of Itzhak Katzenelson, Jewish educator, poet and author.  The Ghetto Fighters' House is named after this man of intellect and spirit.  Read more about the journey >>

Fall Events:  International Conference on Holocaust Education for Democratic Values


The conference “Holocaust Education for Democratic Values”, hosted by the Center for Humanistic Education at the Ghetto Fighters' House and supported by the EVZ (Foundation Remembrance Responsibility Future)  was designed for educators in all frameworks and fields.  The conference included lectures by visiting experts from Israel and abroad, panels of scholars and thinkers, roundtable discussions, and active workshops.


Yad Layeled Develops New Programs for the 2012-13 School Year


With the launch of the 2012-2013 school year, Yad LaYeled is offering a variety of new programs for schools. In addition to its activity based on the permanent exhibitions, new educational programs were developed in cooperation with Yediot Aharonot, theater companies – Nephesh Theater and the Israeli Children and Youth Social Theater – and others.


From the International Department


Exhibition on Korczak at the Holocaust Museum of Argentina

An exhibition on the life and work of Janusz Korczak opened last August at the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires, Argentina with the cooperation of the Ghetto Fighters' House.

The exhibition is based on twenty panels that depict the educational and cultural activities of Korczak from his birth until his tragic death. Highlighted are his childhood, the children of the orphanage, educators and education, Stefa, Eretz Israel, his books, the early days of the war, life in the ghetto, and his final journey.


From the Museum Department


New exhibition in the Yizkor Hall:

Bas-relief by David Olère (Warsaw 1902 – Paris 1985)
"A mother and her two children at the 
entrance to the gas chamber"

Olère, trained as a graphic artist, was a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz-Birkenau, operating the crematoria. He was there for an unusual period – over a year and ten months (March 1943 to January 1945). For the rest of his life, Olère devoted himself to transmitting visually what he had seen and experienced during this period.


From Our Friends Association

Yad Layeled France

We are grateful to the Association of French Friends for their $10,000 gift toward creation of the new exhibition “Here My Childhood Began” to be placed in Yad LaYeled.

Activity is now focused on two important visits from France:

·         This November supervisors from the French Ministry of Education attended a week-long seminar in Israel organized by the Association of French Friends.


·       As part of the “Winter University” of Le Mémorial de la Shoah, over twenty educators from all over France arrived for a day and a half of study at the Museum and Kibbutz.

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