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Ghetto Fighters' House Newsletter No. 7 June 2014

From Ophir Pines-Paz, Chairman of the Board 

In his speech at the National Gathering, Ophir Pines-Paz presents his perspective on this year's theme, which commemorates not only the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust of Hungarian Jewry, but also the rescue attemps by both Jewish and non-Jewish leadership, underground youth movements and how these have become a part of Israel's identity. 

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Dr. Anat Livne, General Director of the
Ghetto Fighters' House Museum

In this issue of the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum newsletter, Dr. Anat Livne, General Director of the museum, summarizes the major events at the museum, including the Naitonal Gathering, as well as a report on the continuing support of the museum's Friends associations. 


Holocaust and Heroism Remebrance Day
Commemorates Hungarian Jewry

This year’s ceremony commemorated the 70th anniversary of the extermination of Hungarian Jewry that began in March 1944. Those who gathered together at the event included individuals, families, organized youth groups in blue shirts and khaki suits, Holocaust survivors and second and third generations, IDF commanders, soldiers and security forces, Galilee residents, and friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum from Israel and abroad. 


The Friends of GFH Reception

Prior to the closing ceremony of Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, the Beit Ungar Plaza and surrounding gardens were transformed into a reception area. This was the second year that the event, hosted by Raya Strauss Ben Dror, a veteran Friend of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, was held for Friends of the GFH who gathered from near and far. The attending guests included members of GFH Friends Associations from Israel, France and the USA, as well as ambassadors and diplomats. 


Annual "Between the Sirens" Seminar:
"With One Eye Laughing"

For the third year in a row, a special seminar was held at the museum reflecting the solemn atmosphere of the days between Holocaust Memorial Day and Israel’s National Memorial Day. Coined as “Between the Sirens” the event engages visitors in soul-searching and Israeli discourse. This year the theme of the seminar, which was held in cooperation with the Tzfat Memorial Museum of Hungarian-Speaking Jewry, focused on commemorating the 70th anniversary of the extermination of Hungarian Jews. 


Spring Seminar at the CHE:  "Paired Dialogue"

As has taken place every year since 1995, more than one hundred teenagers, half Arab students and the other half Jewish students, took part in the Center for Humanistic Education’s Spring seminar over  the Passover holiday.



New Exhibit in the Art Gallery: 
Samuel Willenberg:  The Last Witness From Treblinka

Samuel Willenberg was one of 200 prisoners who escaped from the Treblinka extermination camp on 2/8/1943 during the prisoner revolt. Today Willenberg, aged 91, is the last survivor among the group that managed to escape and survive the period of the Holocaust. At the beginning of 2000, Willenberg created a series of bronze sculptures that represent the testimony of a person who has witnessed first hand the events that took place in the death camp. The sculptures are now on display in the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum art gallery. 


The Diary of Dr. Gyula Kruasz:  Hardship of a Jewish Recruit to the "Labor Service" Battalion
of the Hungarian Army

Dr Gyula Kruasz was recruited to the "labor service" battalion of the Hungarian army in 1942. In his diary he describes the harsh reality of the Jewish recruits. Krausz's diary was safeguarded over the years by Eliahu Weiss (1919-2010), his wife's cousin. Weiss’ granddaughter, Mayan Ish-Shalom, researched her family’s history and donated the diary to the Ghetto Fighters’ House archives. 


New Educational Program on the
Jews of the Former USSR During WWII

In honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Eastern Europe by the Red Army, the Ghetto Fighters’ House has launched an educational program that highlights the complex story of the extermination of Jews from the USSR and the stories of Jewish heroism in this region. The program is sponsored by the Genesis Foundation – a philanthropic foundation dedicated to commemorating the unique story of Jews from the former USSR. 


Conference: Holocaust and Democratic Values: Educational Challenges

The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum is proud to partner with the Association of Holocaust Organizations as we host a 2-day Conference at the Ghetto Fighters’ House on July 14 and 15, 2014.

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