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Haim Gouri, 1923-2018

The Ghetto Fighters' House mournes the passing of the poet, author and journalist Haim Gouri, and sends condolences to his family.

Gouri was a close friend of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters' House and a longtime partner. The partnership began in June 1946 at the HaKibbutz HaMeuchad convention in Kibbutz Yagur, where Zivia Lubetkin shared her experiences from the Warsaw ghetto and the uprising. Gouri recalled the occasion: "I was there, I remember. I was among the thousands sitting on the wooden boards placed on haystacks. She was standing on the stage. Beside and behind her stood the leaders of the movement and before her the audience."

One year later, Gouri was sent by the Palmach to postwar Europe. His encounters, as native of Mandatory Palestine, with the Holocaust survivors left an unforgettable impression on him. In his 1961 account of the Eichmann trial, Gouri wrote: "Day, then night, then day again. They mounted the witness stand, one by one. The last remnants of the revolt. Two or three I knew personally, as friends."

After the trial, Gouri collaborated with the Ghetto Fighters' House and others to create a film trilogy: "The 81st Blow", "The Last Sea" and "Flames in the Ashes".

On Friday 26/01/2018 the museum inaugurated a new permanent exhibition, proudly bearing the title of Gouri's book "Facing the Glass Booth", about the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. We were hoping that he would be able to come here from Jerusalem, accompanied as always by his wife, Aliza. Instead, we screened the interview we conducted with him last year.

His clear, sharp and compassionate voice will be sorely missed.

Blessed be his memory.
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