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5000 Youths in Holocaust Seminar

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Some 5000 Jewish youths, two-thirds of them from abroad, have completed a four-day seminar on the history of the Holocaust at the Massua Institute at Kibbutz Tel Itzhak. the institute was established three years ago as a memorial to the European Zionist youth organizations that were exterminated by the Nazis.

But then it was discovered that most Jewish youth, whether in Israel or abroad, knew little about the Holocaust, and it was decided to turn the facility into a teaching institution. Former Tourism Minister Moshe Kol told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the four-day seminar included eyewitness reports on the pre-war situation, on the Holocaust and on the heroism of the ghetto and resistance fighters. The four-day seminar ended with a visit to Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters Museum.

A memorial building at the Massua Institute symbolizes the Holocaust. There is a black wall indicating the Nazi regime, a wall with the inscriptions, "Yidden" and "Nekomeh" (revenge) and a white wall indicating the free world. Six pillars representing the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis cast a shadow over the white wall indicating the free world’s partial responsibility for the tragedy.

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