The Ghetto Fighters’ House is the first Holocaust museum worldwide that focuses on the triumph of the spirit. Within the Museum complex, in a unique building, will find the Children’s Museum that memorializes the children who were killed during the Holocaust.
In the Museum and the Children’s House guided tours and group workshops are available for parents and children.
The Ghetto Fighters’ House proudly stands on a high hill in the south-east corner of the kibbutz bearing the same name. It overlooks the ancient aqueduct, the fields and the Mediterranean Sea. The kibbutz and the Museum within it are situated in the heart of pastoral and tranquil scenery, a kind of antithesis to the drama of the story behind its establishment.
Many of those entering the gates of the Ghetto Fighters’ House are unaware that the survivors of the Holocaust are those who built it. Those who succeeded later to immigrate to the State of Israel and lived in the shadow of the inconceivable event of the Jewish Holocaust in Europe, and they did this even prior to building their own homes in the kibbutz. However, as important as commemoration of the Holocaust was for them, it was important for them to commemorate the heroism of the very Jews who did not surrender to the cruel Nazi occupation and who stood and fought against all odds until their last drop of blood.
The visit to the “House” as it is called by the locals is a visit to the first Holocaust museum worldwide and the only one that was built by Holocaust survivors. Contrary to other memorial sites for the Holocaust, here the focus is on heroism, on the triumph of man’s spirit and the amazing ability that the survivors of the Holocaust and the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising had to rebuild their lives in Israel.
When one stands at the gates of this impressive building which rises out of tree-lined avenues, the kibbutz houses, the prosperous factories and the fertile fields encompassing it, you will also, dear visitor, be captivated by excitement. You cannot but think of those people, the founders of the kibbutz and the builders of the House, who put behind them bereavement and terror and came to the Western Galilee in order to build their new home.
The years have passed, the Holocaust generation who are still alive are becoming fewer and the big challenge before the managers of the Museum at present is how to continue with that same momentum to tell the story of the survivors. How can we keep the Holocaust deep in our memory so that it shall not be deleted and shall not fade over the years?
The Museum offers a range of activities, seminars, conventions and workshops. The exhibitions therein change from time to time and one visit is not sufficient to take in even part of the offerings available.
For families and individuals we recommend that you take the audio-guide during your visit to the Museum, available in three languages – Hebrew, Arabic and English.