Friday, June 25, 1982
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Dual Role of Ghetto Fighter's House,
as Holocaust Museum, Education Center
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By EMMA KIMOR
Zionist Press Service
JERUSALEM — At the
Ghetto Fighters' Museum
at Kibutz Lohamei ha-
Ghetta'ot in the Western
Galilee, records and ar-
tifacts of the horror and suf-
fering of the Jews just be-
fore and in the Holocaust, as
well as their resistance and
uprising, are displayed.
The museum and the
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kibutz, of which it is part,
stand on a hilltop along the
Acco (Acre)-Nahariya Road,
a picturesque Turkish-built
aqueduct marking the spot.
Kibutz Lohamei ha-
Ghetta'ot is an active ag-
settlement, with a factory
for electronic equipment,
counting 300 members of
However, when it was
founded in 1949, six years
from the day the Jewish up-
rising in the Warsaw
The Ghetto Fighters' House, Documentation
Ghetto began, it was the ter and Museum of the Holocaust and Resistance
only one of its kind; its nuc- Kibutz Lohamei ha-Ghetta'ot stands as a museum and
leus of 200 was perhaps the educational facility to perpetuate the memory of the
largest exclusive group of Holocaust.
survivors of Nazi concentra-
The several thousand glances, looks more
tion camps and of ghettos books in the library concen- thoroughly here and
and partisan fighters from trate on the theme of the there, and passes on to
Poland, Russia and Nazi period and were writ- the next attraction on the
Lithuania. Lohamei ha- ten and translated into list.
Ghetta'ot is the Hebrew for many languages. Particu-
Yet, "We do not wish our
larly gripping is the art dis- museum to serve only as a
A handful of docu- play of individual
ments, photographs, sculptures, paintings, monument which recites
books and artifacts sketches — plastic wit- Kadish for the victims of the
brought along by the nesses of the Holocaust and Holocaust," states the direc-
founding members were the anti-Nazi resistance tor of the museum, kibutz
the beginning of the smuggled out of the camps, member Zvi Shner. "The
Ghetto Fighters' or found in hiding long after main thing is the educa-
Museum, now a com- many of the artists them- tional aspect."
Study days at the Ghetto
pound of an impressive selves had perished in the
Fighters' House have be-
main building with an- death camps.
nexes, and a large out-
The museum houses rec- come an integral part of
door amphitheater, reated visual presentations many Israeli high school
where every year on Na- such as the Treblinka ex- curricula and of the Israeli
tional Memorial Day a termination camp, Anne Defense Force educational
mass assembly of Frank's hiding place in programs. In 1981, 10,000
Holocaust survivors Amsterdam where she had school children and 4,000
from all over the country kept her diary, an illumi- soldiers came to study.
- Workshops for teachers,
nated wall map indicating
Its full name — Ghetto the location of concentra- study courses for foreign
Fighters' House, Documen- tion and death camps over students and visitors from
tation Center and Museum Nazi-occupied Europe, and many countries are part of
of the Holocaust and Resis- the original glass cage in the museum's activities.
tance — should actually tell which Eichmann sat during The auditorium seats 250,
all about it. Indeed, it in- his trial in Jerusalem in for films, documentaries
cludes archives, with a spe- 1960.
cial section of 40,000 photo-
graphs, including those shoes and apron cry out Former Soviet
taken by the Germans, and from under the display Spy Joins BB
box in a lingering wail.
More than 240 documentary
films, a large number of This is no ordinary Lecture Bureau
museum where one
which were also Nazi-made.
WASHINGTON — Vla-
dimir N. Sakharov, a former
spy in the Soviet KGB who
defected to the West and be-
came an agent for the CIA,
is one of the featured speak-
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ings of the Bnai Brith In-
The bureau, now in its
20th year, provides speak-
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complete programming for
communal and religious
organizations as well as col-
leges and universities
across North America.
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