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“Jewish Youth Before the Holocaust”

This exhibition presents the Jewish youth who were organized in the framework of pioneering youth movements, and represents the dedication to Jewish renewal through immigration to the Land of Israel and Zionist settlement. It poses the dilemma facing these youth who sought a way out of the old Jewish world that was in the process of breaking down. One alternative was Communism; others could be found among the range of Zionist pioneering youth movements.

The exhibition has three parts:  The first depicts and explains the activities of the Jewish youth movements in prewar Europe. The second, the“Hachshara,” describes the agricultural-vocational training programs that prepared young pioneers for their life in the Land of Israel. The third, “Aliyah,” presents two parallel episodes:  the pioneer youths’ immigration to Mandatory Palestine prior to and during the Holocaust, and the decisive role played by the youth movements in organizing the uprisings in the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe, and of the Warsaw ghetto in particular.

This exhibition is also the collective story of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ House: members of Zionist youth movements who took part in the uprisings and went on to fulfill not only the Zionist goal of immigration to the Land of Israel, but also founded a kibbutz, whose name also commemorates their comrades who did not live to achieve their mutual objective: aliyah and establishing a communal settlement in Israel.


 

 

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