On January 27th, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an event in memory of the liberation of the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau 75 years ago took place at the Beit Lohamei Haghetaot (Ghetto Fighters House Museum). The program began with a guided tour of the museum. It examined not only the German destruction machinery in the camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau but also focused on the everyday life of prisoners, acts of Jewish resistance as well as the foundation of the Beit Lohamei Haghetaot in 1949 as the first museum worldwide to document the Holocaust. An art exhibition by Holocaust survivor Sam Herciger was also part of the tour.
The subsequent evening program was inaugurated by Noga Butensky, chairwoman of the museum, and Judith Stelmach, project manager of FES Israel, in front of the well-filled auditorium of the Beit Lohamei Haghetaot.
Afterwards, Hila Korach had a conversation with Moshe Kravec, who had survived the extermination camps Dachau, Auschwitz, and Buchenwald as a young man and later emigrated to Israel. In addition, previously unpublished passages from his diary were readout.
The second part of the event was the Israeli premiere of the play “Synchronization in Birkenwald: A Metaphysical Conference” by Viktor E. Frankl (1946) which deals with the search for the meaning of life in the face of suffering and hopelessness.
Photos by Lior Horesh