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The severe restrictions on public life in many countries following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic specifically affected Holocaust memorials and museums in all parts of the world, especially in Europe and in Israel. These measures posed a significant challenge, because contemporary forms of Holocaust commemoration are particularly based on the personal experience of presence at museums and historical sites. In contrast to the experience of distancing in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, establishing the presence of the past is thus a crucial element of contemporary Holocaust commemoration. This article explores the relationship between presence and absence, proximity and distance, guided commemoration and online engagement by critically analyzing digital activities of Holocaust memorials and museums in response to the pandemic. It argues that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Holocaust memorials began experimenting with the potential of social media for Holocaust memory. These experiments finally accepted the ongoing generational change and reacted to significant previous shifts in media consumption that were already affecting Holocaust commemoration.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2021
Bet AVI CHAI has presented a new memorial project on its website: Panim. Yom. Zikaron. The project aims to commemorate IDF's slain soldiers with short animated videos which illustrate significant moments in the lives of the fallen soldiers and their families. The project invites family members of fallen soldiers to submit written memories, which are then presented to animation artists to create short animated videos based on them. The videos and written segments are then presented in a special section of the Bet AVI CHAI website.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012
B'Lev Echad is a global initiative to unite Jews around theworld to commemorate the first yartzeit of the 8 students killed at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav and celebrate the Torah to which they were so committed. The event will take place in Jerusalem on February 24th, 2009, while schools, yeshivot, college campuses, and institutions around the world participate in this event via a live internet broadcast. The event will also conclude a worldwide learning initiative and mitzva campaignproject.
Updated: Jan. 01, 2009