The Lighting of Second Hanukkah Candle
at the dining room of Kibbutz Givat Hayim Ihud was held with participation of abt. 150 of our members and guests who came for an inter-generational meeting – first to fourth generations
The meeting consisted of three parts:
The first – lighting the second candle by Achim Bagainski, a boy in the ghetto who survived, he was in the transport to Switzerland on February 5, 1945.
The second – an extraordinary general meeting of our association chaired by Prof. Eli Lewental, our chairman. The meeting decided to add to the articles of the association the word “museum” in the lists of our activities; this completes the steps necessary for Beit Terezin to be acknowledged officially as a museum. Oded Breda reported on the activities of Beit Terezin in 2011.
The third and main part – launching the new book “Camilla Hirsch’s diary" [Hebrew], published by Beit Terezin. The event was attended by the families of Ruth Alkavetz and Miriam Prager, both nee Hirsch and their guests. Especially noteworthy are the members of the “Beth El” community from Zihron Yaakov that had contributed for the publication of the book. The director of Beit Terezin Oded Breda thanked all those who participated in the project and to the previous director Anita Tarsi who edited and produced the book. Anita related on her research about old people in ghetto Theresienstadt. The academic consultant of Beit Terezin, Dr. Margalit Shlain, described her work on the diary, especially regarding Austrian Jewry; Ruthie and Miriam told the participants about the process they went through preparing the book and researching the family’s roots. The audience was excited to hear that Camilla Hirsch left the ghetto on the train to Switzerland and on the same train were Achim Begiansky, Tsvi Cohen and Eva Eben all three present at the event.
Pavel Korn and his family played and sang Hanukkah songs, volunteering, as always.