Journey to Poland
Since 1983, the Ghetto Fighters’ House has served as a center for preparing youth delegations for their journey to Poland. At GFH, preparing teenagers for their journey combines activities in the museum with educational activities including: workshops, survivor testimonies, and audio-visual aids.
The preparation for the journey to Poland is an essential and inseparable part of the journey itself. It is our belief that the making the journey to Poland without undergoing suitable preparation, loses the significance that we wish to impart to the journey.
During the days of preparation at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, the students will go through a “dry run” of all the sites on the route of the journey in Poland, primarily by means of the varied exhibits of the GFH Museum, videos, workshops, and survivors’ personal testimonies.
Special topics are presented at the Ghetto Fighters’ House during activities in preparation for the journey to Poland, using the museum exhibits dealing with a variety of subjects including: the Jewish community on the eve of the Holocaust; Jewish youth and the youth movements; the ghettos; “Righteous Among the Nations;” the Nazi camps and the Treblinka extermination camp; and more…
There is great importance to the activity held after returning from the journey to Poland. These activities involve a processing of the students’ personal experience, in tandem with an activity focusing on the regeneration experienced by Holocaust survivors in Israel: “Holocaust and Revival.”
This special journey is designed for high school students who are not traveling to Poland. The “Different Journey” weaves together three chapters chosen from the continuity of Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora. At the heart of each chapter: the story of Holocaust survivors who built a new home in Israel.
The activity is divided into three parts: activity at the Ghetto Fighters’ House, a tour of the Zippori National Park and/or the Yechiam Fortress, and a visit to the Tefen Industrial Park.