“We see ourselves as fulfilling the dying bequest of our fellow members, who already in the ghetto saw to this: that the truth of the struggle, of their lives and of their deaths, will also reach the generation to come after the Holocaust.”
– Zvi Shner
The “House” will be renovating a new permanent exhibition on Historical second floor. This renovation, which will replace 30 and 40-year old exhibitions, will include a state-of-the-art interactive instillation with a variety of display forms. The Ghetto Fighters’ Kibbutz, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Claims Conference have already contributed six million NIS to the capital budget, but an additional 12 million NIS is being raised in order to complete the renovation of the entire floor.
The New Permanent Exhibition – Its Principles and Character
The underlying principle in planning the exhibition has been the importance of the place in which the museum is situated, as part of its credo. The intrinsic connection between the exhibition and the kibbutz is guided by the principle of the museum in situ.
The city of Warsaw, being the locale of the primary narrative for the Ghetto Fighters’ House, was chosen to serve as a microcosm for the exhibition's historical accounts of the Holocaust and the uprising. The exhibits include the transition from the multifaceted pre-war Jewish life in Warsaw to facing the increasing terrors of the Nazi regime: repressive edicts, life in the ghetto, deportations, extermination. Prominent throughout the exhibition are the youth movements’ underground educational and public activities, and their developing leadership that led to the Warsaw ghetto uprising. This new exhibition emphasizes the distinctive educational and ethical values aspects of the House's narrative, with contexts relevant to the lives of youth and adults in our day.
The exhibition’s layout is both chronological and thematic. It highlights the centrality of the youth movements and the Jewish stance – in every sense of the word – as a core value in Holocaust remembrance. This structural framework creates a connection and narrative continuity that resonate with significance in presenting the history of the Holocaust and the uprising, immigration to Eretz Israel, and founding the kibbutz. These pronounced elements represent the dearest yearnings, the manifestation of the ideology and values, guiding the kibbutz and museum founders during the war and since.
The exhibits feature a number of key historical figures who hold a prominent place in the ethos of the House: poet-playwright-Zionist educator Itzhak Katzenelson, pediatrician-author and child-welfare advocate Dr. Janusz Korczak, historian and archivist Dr. Emanuel Ringelblum who directed the “Oneg Shabbat” clandestine archives documenting life in the Warsaw ghetto, and Yitzhak “Antek” Zuckerman and Zivia Lubetkin: Zionist youth movement leaders and fighting underground commanders who survived to become founders of the kibbutz and the Ghetto Fighters’ House.