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The Family Unit during the Holocaust - March 2010

Welcome to the 19th issue of Teaching the Legacy. This edition focuses on the subject of family during the Holocaust. The e-newsletter includes a main article on this theme, as well as an interview with Dukie Gelber, a survivor from Holland, who was one of a few to survive the Holocaust with his parents and brother. The newsletter features new publications, book reviews, and updates on recent and upcoming activities at the International School for Holocaust Studies and across Yad Vashem. We hope you find this issue interesting and resourceful and we look forward to your feedback.

 The Family Unit During the Holocaust

 The Family Unit During the Holocaust

IntroductionDiscussing the subject of the family unit during the Holocaust raises many issues of devastation as well as strength. Professor Dalia Ofer shares many insights about this in an article published in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. She explains that the Holocaust devastated families and Jewish life in general. Nevertheless, there was also considerable strength in family ties. Evidence reveals that some fragments of families remained intact, in ghettos, and in labor and extermination camps, and those who didn’t have family members, created their own alternative...
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Interview with Dukie Gelber, Survivor from Holland 

Interview with Dukie Gelber, Survivor from Holland 

Please introduce yourself and give us a brief overview of your life.

My name you know is Dukie Gelber. I’m from Holland originally. I’m nearly 77 and I have been under German occupation for five years. In 1940 they invaded Holland and I’ve been 2 years in German concentration camps. About half a year in Westerbork which was the main transition camp concentration camp in Holland, [from] which about 109,000 Dutch Jews went to the east. Somewhere around 5,000 came back after the war. And I have been a year and four months in Bergen- Belsen and another two months after...
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The Diary of Yitzchak Rudashevski

The Diary of Yitzchak Rudashevski

Introduction“The first great tragedy. People are harnessed to bundles which they drag across the pavement. People fall, bundles scatter. Before me a woman bends under her bundle. From the bundle a thin string of rice keeps pouring over the street…I think of nothing: not what I am losing, not what I have just lost, not what is in store for me. I do not see the streets before me, the people passing by. I only feel that I am terribly weary, I feel that an insult, a hurt is burning inside me. Here is the ghetto gate. I feel that I have been robbed, my freedom is being robbed from me, my...
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