Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 18,  August 2010

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What’s New

Sounds of Music Fill the Valley

 A Rich Culture Remembered

Sounds of Music Fill the Valley

The “Clarinet and Klezmer in the Galilee” international master class under the direction of Maestro Giora Feidman recently performed before an enthralled audience in the Valley of the Communities at Yad Vashem. The musicians, ranging in age from talented Israeli high school students to seasoned professionals from abroad, brought the joyous sounds of Klezmer to the hills of Jerusalem. Encouraged by the charismatic Feidman, the audience of over 500 – mostly Holocaust survivors – sang and clapped along – their voices and the music echoing off the towering walls of the Valley, where  the names of Jewish communities decimated during the Holocaust are etched in the walls.  The music was a living memorial to the Jewish world destroyed during the Shoah, and the celebration of Jewish life that continues.

A Rich Culture Remembered

On August 4, 2010, Yad Vashem’s Synagogue was filled with Holocaust survivors from Greece and their families who gathered together for an annual remembrance day commemorating the Jews of Kos and Rhodes who were murdered in the Holocaust. They sang traditional songs in Ladino, remembering their lost communities and rich culture, listened to testimony of survivors, heard a lecture about the day the Jews of Rhodes arrived at Auschwitz, and took part in a moving ceremony that including lighting the Yad Vashem candelabra. Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage of Rhodes Chairman Mario Suriano remarked, "We have met at this holy place, Yad Vashem, in order to remember the event that shouldn't have occurred - the Holocaust. Our purpose is to remember, not to forget. To forget is to murder them once again.”

Spotlight on the Web
New Online Exhibition – The Story of Munkács
New Online Exhibition – The Story of Munkács

A new online exhibition on Munkács, the largest and most important Jewish community in Subcarpathian Rus', Czechoslovakia (now the Ukraine), focuses on this once vibrant Jewish community that was decimated in the Holocaust. While researching the community, a unique document was uncovered – a 1934 class picture signed with a promise by its members to meet at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Passover 1944.  Yad Vashem’s Internet staff  was able to track down many of the members of the 1934 graduating class of the Munkács Hebrew Gymnasium and discover what happened to almost all of the students and staff.  The exhibition also  includes rare prewar footage  - a home movie - of the Klein family from Munkács. Survivor Oskar Klein, came especially to Yad Vashem to identify his family members who appear in the film as part of the exhibition.

Conference Proceedings Now Available

The conference proceedings from the 7th International Conference on Holocaust Education, “Shoah Education and Remembrance in Hindsight and in Foresight:  Text and Context,” in which more than 200 people representing 40 nations participated is now available on www.yadvashem.org.  Video-taped panel sessions, presentations and other related conference materials are now available here.

Names Recovery

Names Project Launches Newly Designed Website

Names Project Launches Newly Designed Website

Visit our newly formatted website including multimedia, photo galleries, archived articles and a materials toolkit. Help us promote the names recovery project by posting our read-made banners you can post on your websites and/or forward to Jewish organizations, temples and Holocaust groups with which you are affiliated. Please note: you must contact us to receive a unique link for the banner of your choice. Click to see the banners: Banner 1, Banner 2, Banner 3.

Recent Events

Commemorating Janusz Korczak

Names Project Launches Newly Designed Website

On August 5, Yad Vashem marked 68 years since the deportation to Treblinka of Janusz Korczak, Stefania Wilczynska, and the children of their orphanage, from the Warsaw Ghetto.   Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Belfer who resided in Korczak’s orphanage in Warsaw and some 70 youth group members participated in  a moving memorial ceremony in  at Yad Vashem. Dr. Janusz Korczak was  the director of a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw. Despite offers from Polish friends to hide him on the "Aryan" side of the city, Korczak refused to abandon the children under his care.  In August 1942, Korczak, and his assistant Stefania Wilczynska were deported together with 200 children to Treblinka where they were all murdered.


Highlights from the Newsroom

Some of the feature articles in the international press that brought worldwide coverage to Yad Vashem activities and events are highlighted here:

Examining Locals Holocaust Crimes, in the Jerusalem Post

Women’s Role in Holocaust May Exceed Old Notions, in the New York Times

Iran Holocaust-denying Website Angers Israel, in Forbes

Yad Vashem Slams Holocaust-denying Cartoons, in the Jerusalem Post

Yad Vashem Slams Ghetto Graffiti in the Jerusalem Post

Young Palestinians Visit Yad Vashem, on Ynet

Poles, in Black and White in Haaretz

Yad Vashem Breathing Life into Destroyed Jewish Communities, on Israel National News

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Yad Vashem Magazine

Yad Vashem Magazine

The July edition of Yad Vashem's quarterly magazine Jerusalem is now available online.  Featured in the magazine: an article about a special "rescue operation" to preserve and digitize Yad Vashem's archival collections; a review of the 7th International Educators' Conference which drew over 200 attendees; our regular feature - Graduate Spotlight, focusing on one of our graduates of the International School; and a retrospective of  recent events and activities that reach out to Russian-speaking communities around the world.


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