The new Mordechai Anielevich Memorial Museum is located on the premises of Moreshet, the Mordechai Anielevich Memorial Holocaust Studies and Research Center at Givat Haviva. The museum consists of a number of halls, each featuring displays on different subjects relevant to the period of the Holocaust:
The Spirit of Steadfastness and Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust:
The story of the Jewish resistance is recounted and explored in a variety of ways in a number of realms including: Jewish steadfastness in the ghettos; spiritual and cultural steadfastness; the maintaining of humanity; active resistance; and the uprisings.
Everyday Life in the Ghetto:
Daily life in the ghettos is portrayed through a variety of subjects including: care for orphans, the poor, and the unprotected; mutual assistance; and cultural and artistic activity under inhumane conditions.
The Jewish Leadership:
The museum raises dilemmas with which members of the Jewish leadership were forced to contend during the Holocaust, and provides examples from various ghettos, including Chaim Rumkowski, head of the Lodz ghetto Judenrat, and Adam Czerniaków, head of the Warsaw ghetto Judenrat.
The Jewish Child:
The image of the Jewish child during the Holocaust is explored in a special hall dedicated to “children’s diaries.” The exhibit contains a large number of diary excerpts, poems, writings, and drawings by children from throughout Europe during the Holocaust.
Young Adults and Youth Movement Members:
The museum also highlights the heroic work of young men, women, and youth movement members during the Holocaust. This subject of fundamental importance inspires our education of youth from Israel and around the world.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising:
The tour concludes with a display on the Warsaw ghetto uprising, which utilizes photographs, verbal explanations, film, and a running display of the names of the Jews killed in the Uprising.
The museum has a special room for the screening of short films that raise dilemmas from the period of the Holocaust. After viewing the films, visitors are invited to express their opinions and to discuss various issues.
The Shtetl of Turiysk
The Mordechai Anielevich Memorial Museum maintains a unique exhibit that recounts the story of the shtetl of Turiysk, which was established in the 11th century in the Polish district of Volhynia. With its lively Jewish society, Turiysk was typical of the many shtetls that existed in the region until the Holocaust. During the German-Nazi occupation, Turiysk was destroyed and only a few of its residents managed to survive the war.
The exhibit introduces visitors to the people, cultural and educational activities, Jewish professionals, and other aspects of life in Turiysk. It also includes an impressive model of the shtetl, based on old maps, a small number of pictures, and the memory of people who lived there.
This exhibit was made possible by Sam Boymel, a native of Turiysk who survived the death pits, joined the partisans, and fought alongside the Soviet army until liberation. After the war, he got married and moved to the United States.
Curator: Yonat Rotbein and Batya Dvir
Historical Advisor: Batya Dvir
Designer: David Gal