Whose Holocaust is it?

Haredim once believed Yad Vashem placed too much emphasis on the role of the Jewish state in redeeming Jews after the Holocaust. Now, the ultra-Orthodox visit the museum and use its tools as teaching resources.

April 4, 2013 16:06
Large groups of teachers in the haredi sector are receiving teacher-in-service training at the insti

Hardeim. (photo credit: courtesy yad vashem)


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In a recent edition of the popular weekly haredi magazine Bakehila, the editor-in-chief obscured the faces of several Jewish women who appeared in one of the famous photographs of the deportation from the Warsaw Ghetto. This was done in accordance with the strict rules of modesty, imposed mostly on women, which in recent years have reached a very high level in the haredi community. Besides the criticism that this move has incurred, most of the reactions (on social media such as Facebook) pointed to the long history of hostility on the part of the haredi community toward Yad Vashem, the world’s major Holocaust memorial.

Nine years ago, a scandal erupted when haredi leaders requested that, for modesty reasons, the photographs of naked Jewish women on their way to the gas chamber be removed from Yad Vashem’s permanent exhibition. And two months ago, police arrested two young haredim suspected of vandalizing the walls of the monument that commemorates the destroyed communities in Europe.


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