Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot in the Western Galilee was established in 1949 by Holocaust survivors of the Warsaw ghetto. Their museum was the first in the world to be established by the survivors themselves. Information can be found at the following link: https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%97%D7%9E%D7%99_%D7%94%D7%92%D7%98%D7%90%D7%95%D7%AA
About a year ago, with the aid of an ICA grant, an Escape Room was developed that relates the Bernstein’s partisan story. Unfortunately, Shimon Bernstein passed away a few months ago and did not get to see the Escape Room. More information is available at: https://www.berenshtein.com
The use of an escape room aims to make use of modern tools and to encourage young teenagers to not only study, but also comprehend the history of the Holocaust.
I visited this museum this week and saw the completion of the Escape Room. Please see enclosed photo of the museum director, Edna and me in front of the ICA sign.
We had an excellent opportunity to discuss the museum’s purpose today with the pedagogical staff. Obviously, the main subject is the study of the Holocaust. But no less important is the understanding of whether we have learned anything from the consequences of racism, hatred, genocide, anti-Semitism and boycott.
Unfortunately in Europe, the United States and many other places around the world, anti-Semitic ugliness is both present and rampant.
Hence, doesn’t the Holocaust Museum play a crucial role even today???
The question was presented to the museum’s management, which has decided on a pedagogical redesign of the museum using innovative technologies of VR tools and more.
A new proposal from them can be expected in the future…