Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste and its Activity in Israel in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 35:2

Lilach Marom

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“On Guilt and Atonement”: Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste and its Activity in Israel

The article describes the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste organization – ASF (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace), the values that underlay its establishment, and the way that it worked from its inception in 1958 to the 1990s, stressing on the organization’s activities in Israel. The article examines the process through which the organization changed over three main periods: 1958-1968, 1968-1980, and 1980-1992. For each period, the organization’s activities are examined in parallel with the trends in shaping memories of the Holocaust and the Nazi past in West German society. For each time period, the organization’s constitutive values are examined, together with its behavior and the profile of its volunteers. Special emphasis is placed in each time period on the organization’s activities in Israel. In parallel to describing the processes throughout the years that the organization has been operating, the article examines the subsequent influence on volunteers’ lives of the period during which they were involved with the organization. Since ASF is a volunteer organization which operates similarly to a youth movement, combining theory and action, the observation of the organization made it possible to examine processes on a number of different levels. The study thus made it possible to look at written versus oral narratives, intergenerational relationships, official declarations versus hands-on decisions, and moderate decisions versus extreme positions.

מפרט המוצר
ISSN 0084-3296
Year 2007
Catalog No. 235207
No. of Pages 34 pp.
Format Electronic article in Yad Vashem Studies, Volume 35:2, pp. 187-220, Edited by David Silberklang
Publisher Yad Vashem
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Yad Vashem Calendar 2021-2022: Art Created by Women during the Holocaust

This year's calendar features artworks created by Jewish women during the Holocaust era, as well as some signifying a final memorial to the endeavors of women artists who were murdered during the Shoah. The calendar offers a glimpse into the treasures of Yad Vashem's Art Collection, while commemorating these artists and their works. The artists belong to different generations, come from various social and cultural backgrounds and have differing artistic training, but they all share a passion for art. The various genres  ̶  portraits, scenic views and still lifes, as well as the numerous styles and techniques   ̶  reflect the cultural richness of female Jewish artists who lived in Europe prior to and during the Holocaust. Some of the paintings and drawings allude to the cruel reality of life in the ghetto; others express the artists' longing to escape into the realm of beauty and aesthetics. The works left behind by the murdered artists, on the whole charming and pleasant, are a moving testimony to the existence and productivity of their creators.

Yad Vashem's Art Collection currently comprises 12,670 works of art, most of which were created during the Holocaust. Each of these works is, in essence, an irreplaceable personal testimony of life during the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, was established in 1953. Located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, education, documentation and research – seeking to meaningfully impart the legacy of the Shoah for generations to come.

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