A Journey of Faith - The Story of Rabbi YitzhakI Elchanan Gibraltar

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Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan Gibraltar was born in 1929 in Kovno, Lithuania, into an ultraorthodox Jewish family. When he was 12 years old the Germans conquered Kovno, and along with his parents, three brothers and other family members, he was sent to the ghetto that was set up in the city. As a young boy Rabbi Gibraltar worked as a courier for the labor office of the Judenrat and was a member of the study group, “Tiferet Bachurim”. The family, which was miraculously saved on several occasions from the “aktions” leading to the killings fields, was sent in the summer of 1944 from the Kovno ghetto to the Stutthof concentration camp in Germany where the family’s mother perished. A month later Rabbi Gibraltar was transferred with his father and brothers to the Dachau concentration camp from where they left on a death march until their liberation in May 1945. Rabbi Gibraltar sailed from Italy on an immigrant ship in September 1946. The ship was taken over by the British, and they were sent to Cyprus. Seven months later, in March1947, Rabbi Gibraltar arrived in Israel, and studied for seven years at the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Rabbi Gibraltar married Rachel, from the Stern family, and together they raised a virtuous and blessed family.

The movie was produced by the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem with the cooperation of The Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, and with the generous support of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and The Adelson Family Foundation. DVD, Israel 2013, 22 minutes

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Yad Vashem Calendar 2020-2021: The Return to Life

This year's calendar features items taken from Yad Vashem's extensive collections that document the survivors' unique experiences during the turbulent period following the end of World War II. In the wake of liberation, the survivors of the Holocaust grappled with a dichotomous reality: the joy of liberation juxtaposed with the anguish of the tragedy they had endured. They faced heartbreaking, existential dilemmas regarding their return to life and finding meaning in their survival. Nevertheless, the survivors immediately began to transform their new communities – the Displaced Persons (DP) camps, children's homes and internment camps – into centers of social, cultural and educational activity, preparing themselves for a new and more hopeful reality after the Holocaust. The artworks, artifacts and archival documents highlighted in this calendar reveal the survivors' tenacity of spirit as they sought to move towards the future and rebuild their personal lives as well as the legacy of the Jewish people – despite all that had been lost along the way.

Yad Vashem, World Holocaust Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953.  Located on the Mount of Remembrance, Yad Vashem is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, education, documentation and research. Drawing on the memories of the past, Yad Vashem seeks to meaningfully impart the legacy of the Shoah for generations to come.

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