On a hot Saturday noon, exactly 65 years after the liberation of ghetto Theresienstadt, the members of the Theresienstadt association in Israel met for their annual meeting and general assembly. After the traditional get-together of the members, the about 150 participants gathered in Vienna House of kibbutz Givat Haim-Ihud; to approve the association’s activities of the previous year
and to elect the new steering committee for the coming year. The assembly also approved the financial report for 2009. Prof. Eli Lawental will continue as chairman of the association, he was also the first to greet the meeting.
As usual, the event was held with the support of the Czech embassy in Israel; the new Czech ambassador in Israel, Mr. Tomáš Pojár, greeted the meeting and talked about the visit of the Czech Foreign Minister, just 4 days earlier and also about the decision of the Czech government to support Beit Theresienstadt’s archive
with a donation of 1million Czech koruny (abt. 193.000 NIS). Together with the ambassador, his father, Mr. Miloš Pojár, also attended the meeting. He, too, greeted the members and spoke of his memories from the time he was Czech ambassador in Israel – in 1990, the first after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The chairman of the Association of Former Czechoslovaks in Israel, Mr. Nathan Steiner, also addressed the meeting, as did Mr. Rani Idan, head of the District Council Emek Hefer.
The program included a performance of the monodrama “The Secret of Judy Herzl”, presented by the actress Adi Ezion-Zak; her family was in ghetto Theresienstadt, at the end of the performance there was a dialogue with the audience. The fate of Herzl’s daughter Trude is connected to the ghetto – she died there.
The meeting concluded with communal singing, led by our friend Pavel Korn, who contributed – together with his family - not only his talents but also the stage installations, as well as audio and screening equipment, for which we are very thankful.
The event was supported by:
Czech Embassy in Israel
Ministry of Pensioner’s Affairs
Pavel Korn – stage and equipment
Tomer Korn – “Tslilim”, Audio
Ugot Shoshana, Kfar Haroe
Guy Eyal – garden furniture
Kibbutz Givat Haim-Ihud