On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dror Israel puts up mobile exhibits throughout the country, inviting Israel’s citizens to engage with the story of the Holocaust – including the story of rebellions such as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the role of the youth movements. We tell the story of these brave youth – boys and girls who decided to take a stand and fight against the Nazis for all of the Jewish people.
Michal Dolev, the Dror member coordinating this impressive project, says “we are running the exhibit in more than 100 locations across the country with thousands of participants. Participants are a wide range of ages and different groups - police officers, school groups, groups of senior citizens, workplaces and more.” In each community, the exhibit programs are coordinated with local partners such as the municipality and schools, with groups and passersby guided through the exhibit by our experienced educators.
This program is just one of Dror Israel’s many Holocaust education activities. Each year, we bring thousands of teens to Poland for a study trip, bring youth to meet with Holocaust survivors, hold events honoring the Holocaust and the youth movement members who fought against the Nazis, support Holocaust survivors in our programs for seniors, and much more.
Last year, of course, the Rebellion of Hope programs were not held as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we created alternative (mostly online) activities. Even more devastating was the cancellation of the annual trip to Poland for thousands of high schoolers who had studied and prepared for it for months.
This year we are glad to once again be able to meet with our communities, youth and treasured Holocaust survivors to engage with the important lessons of our past and remember the six million.
Yehi Zichram Baruch – May Their Memories Be a Blessing