The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum, better known as Beit Lohamei Hagetaot is officially named the Itzhak Katzenelson Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum was founded in 1949. Many tourists on short excursions visit Yad VaShem in Jerusalem and do not get to see Lohamei Hagetaot. Let IsraelandYou show you what they are missing.
Beit Lohamei Hagetaot “My Personal Museum” for two good reasons.
1. When Kibbutz Lohamei Hagetaot Holocaust Survivors founded the museum in 1949 some of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto among others Yitzhak Zuckerman (Icchak Cukierman) and his wife Zivia Lubetkin (Cywia Lubetkin). Naturally there was a strong emphasis on the Holocaust in Poland. Dutch survivors in Israel felt that the Holocaust in Holland was not duly represented in the Lohamei Hagetaot Museum. Members of the Dutch Jewish Underground lobbied the museum and were successful to establish a Dutch Exhibition. Survivors, including my family, donated personal heirlooms to the Dutch exhibit. When I visit the museum I can see my own family history on display.
2. On the other side of my family we inherited correspondence in Yiddish from my uncles and aunts in Belarus from 1923 to 1939. The letter give a dramatic insight on life under the regimes of Lenin and Stalin. The early 20th century pulp paper was very delicate could not be saved in the conditions at home. The Ghetto Fighters’ House offered to preserve and care for the letters in their extensive archives for future research.
So, in my opinion the Ghetto Fighters’ House is one of the most important museums in Israel. The displays, audio-visual presentations, interactive displays, activity center and guides are all first class on a world-wide standard. The buildings themselves are very impressive, friendly, accessible and clean.
Yad Layeled (The Children’s Museum)
My Personal Dutch Holocaust
The Jews of Holland during the Holocaust were first brought to Westerbork Camp and from there were sent in cattle cars to concentration camps and their ultimate death. I have visited Westerbork. Young Dutch families come with their children to the well-kept lawns to picnic and play. How fitting!
My Personal Belarus Holocaust
There were dozens of concentration camps in White Russia, but most of my relatives were killed in the local ghettos so as not to waste fuel on transport to Poland.
The Ottoman Aqueduct
No this is not a Roman aqueduct. It is definitely Ottoman and brings water to Acco (Acre) from the northern springs of Kabri about 14KM away. It is a good photo-op.
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