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"Witnesses and Education" project

In mid-2007, the center for multimedia initiated the "Witnesses and Education" project, in which purpose is to document the Holocaust survivors in the locations where the events originally transpired, so that the next generations can be educated and taught through the testimonies. So far, in a joint cooperation Yad Vashem, 7 films were produced and translated to several languages, and broadcasted on TV channels. These films are used for teaching and constitute a preserved document for future generations.

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"May Your Memory Be Love"

The Story of Ovadia Baruch
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In March 1943, twenty-year-old Ovadia Baruch was deported together with his family from Greece to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Upon arrival, his extended family was sent to the gas chambers. Ovadia struggled to survive until his liberation from the Mauthausen concentration camp in May 1945. While in Auschwitz, Ovadia met Aliza Tzarfati, a young Jewish woman from his hometown, and the two developed a loving relationship despite inhuman conditions. This film depicts their remarkable, touching story of love and survival in Auschwitz, a miraculous meeting after the Holocaust and the home they built together in Israel.
This film is part of the "Witnesses and Education" project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Multimedia Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this series, survivors recount their life stores - before, during and after the Holocaust. Each title is filmed on location, where the events originally transpired.
Israel, 2008, 47 minutes, DVD

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"She Was There and She Told Me"

The Story of Hannah Bar Yesha
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In the summer of 1944, 12-year-old Hannah Bar Yesha was deported together with her extended family from Hungary to Auschwitz- Birkenau. During the selection process, most of her family was sent to the gas chambers. Hannah was incarcerated in Birkenau, together with her mother and aunts. This touching film depicts Hannah’s life story – from her youth in Ungvar until her immigration to Israel.
This film is part of the “Witnesses and Education” project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and the Center for Multimedia Assisted Instruction of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this project, survivors recount their life stories – before, during and after the Holocaust. Each title is filmed on location where the events originally transpired.
Israel, 49 minutes, DVD

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“The Heavens Will Open for You“

The Story of Malka Rosenthal
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This film chronicles the Jewish community in Stanislawow, Eastern Galicia, through the story of Malka Rosenthal. Malka was born in Stanislawow in 1934, the eldest daughter of an affluent, intellectual family. During the German occupation, her mother and younger brother were murdered. Her father joined the partisans, and Malka was handed over to a Polish family. For 18 months, she was kept hidden in a barrel under ground. After liberation, Malka was one of the survivors aboard the illegal immigrant ship Exodus, eventually arriving in Israel in 1948. Malka rebuilt her life through her work and education, and by starting a new family. Her touching life story has been published and translated into many languages, portrayed on stage and described in children’s books.
This film is part of the “Witnesses and Education” project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and the Center for Multimedia Assisted Instruction of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In this project, survivors recount their life stories – before, during and after the Holocaust. Each title is filmed on location where the events originally transpired.

Israel, 54 minutes DVD.

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“My Lodz No Longer Exists“

The Story of Yosef Neuhaus
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This film chronicles the Jewish community in Lodz, Poland, through the story of Yosef Neuhaus. Yosef was born in Lodz in 1924, to Tova and Zvi Hirsch. In May 1940, he was forced to enter the Lodz ghetto along with his parents and younger sister Sofia, where they lived until their deportation to Auschwitz- Birkenau four years later. All of Yosef’s family was murdered in the camp. Yosef survived, and was imprisoned in several other camps. In 1946 he immigrated to pre-State Israel, fought in Israel’s wars – including the War of Independence – and started a new family. This touching film documents the major turning points in Yosef’s story, his persistence in choosing life, and his contributions to the State of Israel.

This film is part of the "Witnesses and Education" project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Multimedia Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was produced with the support of the Adelson Family Foundation and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

This movie is available in Hebrew, English, Spanish, German, Russian and French.  Israel, 41 minutes, DVD.

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"... But Who Could I Pray For?"

The Story of Avraham Aviel
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Avraham Aviel (Lipkonsky), born in 1929 in Dowgalishok, Poland. On 10 May 1942, Aviel and his family were taken together with the Jews of Radun (the village of the Rabbinic leader, the Chafetz Chaim) and the surrounding areas to be murdered in killing pits. His mother and brother Yekutiel (Koshka) were among those executed. Avraham and his brother Pinchas managed to escape. To Aviel’s great sorrow, Pinchas, who had survived the mass murder, was killed before his eyes while hiding in the Dowgalishok area. Avraham and his father found refuge with a Polish farmer, before he joined the partisans in 1943. That same year his father was killed. In 1945, Aviel traveled to northern Italy, and stayed at a Jewish children’s home in Salvino. From Italy, he set sail for pre-state Israel, aboard the illegal immigrant ship "Catriel Yafeh". The ship's entrance was blocked by the British, who forcibly directed it towards Cyprus. Following internment at a detention camp in Cyprus, Avraham arrived at Israel’s shores in 1946, and underwent absorption training at the Mishmar Hasharon kibbutz. At the beginning of 1948, Aviel joined the Sixth Battalion of the Palmach, and fought on the road to Jerusalem. In 1961, he appeared as a witness at the trial of former SS officer Adolf Eichmann, describing the liquidation of Radun as an example of the tragic story of the Jews of Belarus.

This film is part of the "Witnesses and Education" project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Multimedia Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was produced with the support of the Adelson Family Foundation and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. This education material specified for high school.

This movie is available in Hebrew, English, Spanish, German, Russian and French. Israel 2010, 57 minutes, DVD.

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"From Generation to Generation"

The story of Yisrael Aviram
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Yisrael Aviram (Kalisky) was born in 1926 in the city of Lodz, Poland. He was thirteen years old when the Second World War broke out. In 1940, Yisrael and his family were forcibly deported to the city’s ghetto, where he joined a Zionist youth group. In August 1944, he was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. Yisrael’s mother was murdered there, and his sister was sent to a labor camp. He was transported, along with his father, to the Jaworzno concentration and labor camp, where they performed forced labor mining coal. In January 1945, the two were liberated in the Blechhammer concentration camp. After reuniting with Yisrael’s sister Henia, and following two months of wandering through Europe, the three arrived at the La Spezia port in Italy, as part of the Bonei Hanegev group. In 1946 they immigrated to Israel, arriving upon the Dov Hoz illegal immigrant ship, and were among the founders of the Ramot Menashe kibbutz. Yisrael has three children and nine grandchildren.

This film is part of the "Witnesses and Education" project, a joint production of the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Multimedia Center of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was produced with the support of the Adelson Family Foundation and The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. This education material specified for high school.

This movie is available in Hebrew, English, Spanish, German, Russian and French. Israel, 41 minutes, DVD.

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