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Ghetto Fighters' House Newsletter No. 10 June 2015

Chairman of the Board Ophir Pinez-Paz's Speech at the National Assembly

"During the assembly tonight, we will open a window into the world of the survivors at the moment of liberation and follow the amazing way they coped with the many difficulties on their journey back to life, a journey full of obstacles, disappointments and a persistent struggle for their right to build a new life."

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

The events marking Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day in 2015 have just ended. We are still working on summarizing and drawing conclusions following the event; nevertheless, we feel a sense of pride and satisfaction for successfully and honorably meeting the many challenges we took upon ourselves.

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The 2015 National Assembly: “The Sun Shines Once Again”

This year the Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day assembly of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, commemorated 70 years to the end of the war. Every year since 1949 the ceremony thousands of residents of the region, heads of state, public figures, ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, as well as officers of the Israel Defense Forces, attend.

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Between Sirens — “Will There Ever Come Days”: The Meeting between Survivors and the Yishuv

The yearly one-day seminar entitled “Between Sirens” marked -  like the annual assembly —the 70-year anniversary of liberation and victory, and focused on the meeting between the newly liberated survivors and representatives of the Yishuv. Leah Goldberg’s poem “Will There Ever Come Days,” written in 1943 in response to the horrors of World War II as their magnitude was being revealed, lent its title to the event that had over 200 participants.

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Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum:  Update for 2015

The past year saw much activity among the Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum around the world and in Israel.  The generous support of our Friends organizations makes the many educational activities possible.

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Updates from the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum

For many years the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum has played an instrumental role in promoting and furthering our essential work.  Now more than ever, we turn to our friends all over the world to help get the word out about what we do and to support us financially.  

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“Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race” — Challenges for GFH Guides

“Deadly Medicine” is an extraordinary exhibition.  While it centers on the subject of medicine and physicians during the Nazi era, it also extends over a broad range of socio-philosophical issues.The exhibition is filled with details, in various textual and graphic formats. These characteristics make “Deadly Medicine” a challenge for both the individual visitor and GFH’s guides.

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From the Desk of the Center for Humanistic Education

The Center for Humanistic Education has developed unique activities, such as multi-cultural seminars and the annual spring seminar, forging an educational connection between the Holocaust and democratic values and an Israeli-Arab dialogue directed toward a joint existence.

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The GFH Department of Continuing Education: Summary of Courses for the 2014/15 (5775) Academic Year

The current academic year’s program of Continuing Education courses at the Ghetto Fighters’ House opened in November 2014 with 10 courses and over 350 participants. This year all courses were held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s Pisgah Center for Instructional Development in Akko.  

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“Between Destruction and Liberation, as Portrayed in Films”: A Ghetto Fighters’ House Course in Collaboration with Yad Vashem

The Ghetto Fighters’ House has for many years been offering courses in collaboration with Yad Vashem. In the last three years, these have incorporated viewing films. This year we mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

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From the archives:  "I have a wish that we can all be back together again": The Story of the Potasz Family during the Holocaust

Rafael Potasz was a law student at the University of Krakow before the war.  When he came to Israel after the liberation, he decided to leave his profession behind and become a citrus grower on Moshav Hadar Am.  70 years later, Raphael's daughters and grandchildren were to discover that he left more behind than his profession.  After Raphael's death two years ago, the family discovered a little metal box hidden in the attic that held an astonishing secret.

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From the Desk of the Museum Division

The Museum Division works tirelessly to preserve and upgrade the existing exhibitions while progressing on diverse new projects, providing a fresh experience for new and returning museum visitors.

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What's New at Yad Layeled

During the spring months, Yad Layeled has hosted a number of special events,  including a visit by children with CP from the Tefen High School, members of the Inner Wheel and Rotary Clubs, and an 80th birthday celebration for Yisral Wiesel, who was a resident of the Blankenese Children’s Home, and the 90th birthday of Reuma Weizman, who ran the home after the war. As well, the upgrading of the audio-visual equiptment and the addition of new testimonies is finally been completed.

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Memorial Event in Honor of Monia Avrahami at Yad LaYeled

At the end of February, an event was held at Yad LaYeled in memory of Monia Avrahami, who served as General Director of the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum for 10 years.  All the members of his family were invited to the event. 

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