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8.9.2012. 18:54
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Prenosimo sadržaj časopisa Yad Vashema  "Newsletter No 26, July 2012

Educators from 54 Countries attend Conference


370 Educators from across the globe, including Japan, Venezuela, South Africa, Germany, Poland, India, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, China, and Great Britain, attended the 8th International Conference on teaching the Holocaust of the International School for Holocaust Studies. They gathered in June for three days of lectures, discussions, presentations and information sharing about the core issues of the Holocaust and how to meaningfully transmit them in the classroom and beyond. "Telling the Story, Teaching the Core," included lectures on the core topics of the Holocaust and workshops with a pedagogic emphasis. .....


Agreement Furthers Research into Deportations


In May, the National Society of
French Railways (SNCF) signed an agreement with Yad Vashem to increase research into the scope of deportations of Jews from France during the Holocaust. The SNCF’s contribution will support research into the French section of Yad Vashem’s “Transports to Extinction: Shoah (Holocaust) Deportation Database.” The Deportation Database is a long-term research project which maps the deportations of Jews to concentration and extermination camps and killing sites in Europe. So far, the project has mapped some 400 transports from Vienna to various destinations, amon them Minsk, Riga, Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, as well as from Berlin, Cologne, Breslau and several Czech cities to Terezin. .....


Spotlight on the WebOnline Exhibitions Pay Tribute to Jewish Athletes & Rescuers


Jewish life before the Holocaust flourished with creativity and culture, religion and tradition, social life and politics. A new online exhibition,
"Jews and Sport Before the Holocaust," gives visual expression to one facet of what was a very diverse Jewish culture – Jews who engaged in sports. For all over Europe, Jews took part in and competed in many different types of athletic activities. Many of the individuals in these photos were murdered during the Holocaust. ...



An award-winning diver and gymnastics instructor, a competitive table tennis player, a sports reporter, the president of a sports club, and a soccer player are all paid special tribute in "The Game of their Lives." This special group of Righteous Among the Nations, non-Jewish men and women that risked their lives to rescue Jews, were competitive, driven, talented individuals who shared not only a love of athletics and drive to succeed, but the moral courage to do what was right.....



Recent EventsSymposium Marking 100 Years Since Raoul Wallenberg's Birth


On June 26, 2012, marking 100 years since the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research conducted a symposium on Rescue Operations During the Holocaust.
The symposium took place with the participation of Swedish Minister for Integration the Hon. Mr. Erik Ullenhag who discussed The Living Legacy of Raoul Wallenberg and Prof. Irwin Cotler, MP, former Canadian Minister of Justice, who spoke about the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg and what we have learned from it. A special session of the symposium was dedicated to Rescuers and Survivors....


Names RecoveryThe Voice of a Young Girl in the Ghetto


"I am just a tiny spot, even under a microscope I would be very hard to see – but I can laugh at the whole world because I am a Jew. I am poor and in the ghetto, I do not know what will happen to me tomorrow, and yet I can laugh at the whole world because I have something very strong supporting me – my faith." So wrote 14-year-old Rywka Lipszyc in a diary she kept in the Lodz ghetto from October 1943 until April 1944. After losing her parents and siblings to disease and deportation, Rywka spent the remainder of the war with her cousins, Mina and Esther Lipszyc. After surviving the hunger of the Lodz ghetto, the horrors of Auschwitz and a grueling death march, the three cousins arrived at Bergen Belsen, weak and very sick. Esther last saw Rywka on her deathbed in the hospital ward. She and Mina slowly recuperated in Sweden, but they never again heard any news of their cousin until last summer, when they were told about the discovery of the diary, thanks to a Page of Testimony Mina submitted to Yad Vashem in Rywka's memory.





New PublicationsYad Vashem Studies (40:1)
editor: Dr. David Silberklang



Yad Vashem Studies 40:
1 is dedicated to the memory of Leon Volovici, an important scholar and Editorial Board member, and opens with Raphael Vago’s analysis of his contribution to scholarship. The volume's six research articles help answer some of the questions about personal and societal motivations regarding Jews seeking aid and asylum and show that a complex mix of radical nationalism, racism, antisemitism, sovereignty, greed, and ideals — or their abandonment — were among the factors that came into play in influencing attitudes and behavior toward Jews in need. ...

Locked in the Darkness  by Sabina Heller,
 in association with the Holocaust Survivors' Memoirs Project



This is a dramatic and moving story of rescue, separation, and rediscovery of a lost identity. As an infant, Sabina (Inka) Kagan was given to the care of a local Christian family by her parents, who were desperate to save her from the impending Nazi liquidation of their Jewish community. The foster family neglected the infant, leaving her to starve to death in a cellar, but the neighboring Roztropowicz family discovered her and took her in. Sabine's parents did not survive and after the war, Jewish representatives persuaded the Rostropowiczes to allow Sabina be taken to a Jewish orphanage in Lodz. There a staff physician, Dr. Goszczewski, and her husband decided to adopt her and move to Israel. Sabina lost contact with her Polish family and gradually forgot them as she settled into life in Israel. Sabina discovered the truth only in 1999, after her mother’s death, and was then able to reconstruct her past. To order mail publications.marketing@yadvashem.org.il



With Your Support Ensuring the Security of Yad Vashem


On Monday,
June 11 2012, Yad Vashem's staff were stunned to see hate-filled graffiti spray painted in several areas of Yad Vashem's outdoor campus. The offensive and abusive comments attacked Zionism and accused Zionists of bringing about the Holocaust. This heartless expression of loathing was an attack on the core values of unity and tolerance that Yad Vashem represents ... As a result of the recent shocking act of vandalism, the police recommended that Yad Vashem supplement its current security measures and add more surveillance cameras....



Magazine


The summer edition of Yad Vashem's Jerusalem Magazine is now available online. Included in the quarterly magazine is an in-depth article focusing on the Holocaust of Greek Jewry, information about recent seminars at the International School for Holocaust Studies, including a group of Arab history teachers, an article describing new items added to the Art collection, an overview of some of the remembrance day events that took place on the Yad Vashem campus, news from the Research Institute and more.