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Righteous Gentiles and Courageous Jews

Acknowledging and Honoring Rescuers of Jews

Mordecai Paldiel

Since 1962, Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial, has pursued a program to honor non-Jewish rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. Basically, every non-Jewish person who saved at least one Jewish person, while placing his or her own life and freedom at risk, and exacted no payment as a precondition for such help, and the story's evidence is confirmed by beneficiary party—then such a person may qualify to the traditional Jewish title for non-Jews, of Righteous Among the Nations. To date, some 23,500 persons, from all walks of life have been awarded this prestigious title. However, while many of these honorees worked in tandem with Jewish rescuers, no similar program exists for the latter. Recent Holocaust historiography has uncovered stories of many Jewish rescuers, who either worked individually or in conjunction with Jewish clandestine organizations, to save dozens and hundreds of their coreligionists. In doing this, they multiplied the risks to themselves as Jews on the run, of being uncovered by the Nazis and suffering the fate reserved for all Jews under the Final Solution program. This article underlines the need for the creation of a program to identify and acknowledge the role of Jewish rescuers to Jews.

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In Search of a Lost Childhood

Holocaust, Play and Filiation in Sigalit Landau's Works

Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg

Heaven: Children in the Holocaust at Yad Vashem (12 April 2015–15 October 2017), that the artist addresses her father's childhood memories from the Holocaust for the first time, and this work therefore provides a significant key to understanding this

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Looking without Seeing

Visual Literacy in Light of Holocaust Photography

Christophe Busch

for if we are not to fall victim to photographs of degrading death. —Rachel E. Perry, “Remediating Death at Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum” 64 Our memory of the Holocaust is for most people primarily a visual one. When we think of the

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Rabbi Daniel Édouard Farhi

(18 November 1941–23 August 2021)

Stephen Berkowitz

Gentiles by Yad Vashem in 1990. Another determinative factor connecting Farhi with the Shoah was his close friendship with the prominent Nazi-hunter couple Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. In the mid-1970s, he joined them in Cologne to protest against a former

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A Transtextual Hermeneutic Journey

Horst Rosenthal's Mickey au camp de Gurs (1942)

Yaakova Sacerdoti

Gurs Internment Camp’, Rethinking History 6, no. 3 (2002): 273–292 (274). 8 See “Horst Rosenthal,” Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names (ver. B-110.3), accessed 5 March 2019, http

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Evelyn Friedlander, Aviva bat Miriam v'David, 22 June 1940–2 October 2019

Jonathan Magonet

those who said nothing, who looked on apathetically when my family were deported, taken away and murdered. But slowly, over the years, I gathered for myself righteous people of today. For example, people of the resistance. In Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem

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Laughter in the Ghetto

Cabarets from a Concentration Camp

Lisa Peschel

other? 37 Heda Grabová, 29 September 1945, Testimony Collected by the Documentation Action in Prague (Item 228, collection, Yad Vashem Archives, Israel), 3.

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Representations of the Holocaust in Albanian Secondary School History Textbooks since the Educational Reform of 2004

Esilda Luku

guidelines for Holocaust education compiled by Yad Vashem and the U S Holocaust Memorial Museum, which encourage educators “to show the human experience and to ensure that students understand that each ‘statistic’ was a real person, an individual with a life

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Introduction Displacement, Memory and the Visual Arts

Second-Generation (Jewish) Artists

Imogen Wiltshire and Fransiska Louwagie

transmission of the past and in articulating its relevance to contemporary audiences. Shifting the focus to Israel, Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg, Curator and Director of the Art Department at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, offers a new perspective on the work

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Jewish Law, Roman Law, and the Accordance of Hospitality to Refugees and Climate-Change Migrants

Gilad Ben-Nun

prior to immigration to Israel ( Yad Vashem 2020 ). The intimate relation between the Hebrew word for refugee (פליט) and war was finally cemented by Rashi. In his commentary to the unique place in the entire Torah where the word “refugees” (פליטים, in