Haifa Holocaust Museum is also a residence of Holocaust survivors

"As I sat over a cup of coffee in the basement museum with its director, Claudia Sophia-Weinberg, some of the residents wandered in to chat in a warm and welcoming environment."

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May 3, 2019 06:45
Haifa Holocaust Museum is also a residence of Holocaust survivors

Museum director Claudia Sophia-Weinberg with her mural of a pre-war Polish village. (photo credit: WENDY BLUMFIELD)

 
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The Haifa Holocaust Museum, tucked away in a tree-lined street in the Hadar neighborhood, is probably the smallest of its type in the country. Perhaps because of its size and intimacy, a visit there has an enormous impact and brings home to a visitor the horrors of this disaster more than the vast halls of the iconic Holocaust museums in Israel and overseas.

The key to this intimacy is that the museum is also the residence of Holocaust survivors. Originally a distribution center for providing food and essential supplies to the poor of the neighborhood including aging survivors, it is now a complex of ten apartment buildings specifically for survivors who pay whatever they can to reside there.

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