Haunting and Poignant Poster Marks Holocaust (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/19/12)
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In honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, the
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem has produced an
innovatinve and poignant poster.
Dorielle Rimmer Halperin, the Bezalel graduate who created the
poster, said the poster was dedicated to her grandparents – David and
Esther Rimmer – who survived the Holocaust, as well as their family
members who did not.
“This was an exciting challenge for me,” said Rimmer, who graduated
from Bezalel in 2003. “It’s a real honor for me to be able to pass
the message on to every home in Israel. I believe that the message of
this poster is very clear and it will touch the heart and provoke
“My design shows that the shadow of the family lying on the road is
the shadow of the family who perished and will always be there with
the survivors. But this is also the shadow of their new family of
survivors, which is there to remember, to preserve them and their
heroism,” she said.
“We are often ‘asked’ to remember the Holocaust through famous
photographs, movies and the ‘usual’ characters. I tried to remove the
memory from what we are so accustomed to seeing, removing a little of
the ‘national’ collective memory and making it more personal by
showing how it comes into the homes of every one of us and casts a
shadow over our daily lives.
“When I look at my grandparents, both Holocaust survivors, in their
shadow I see my shadow as well. The lack of light in their lives is
always there and will always be a part of me and my family, something
we will pass onto future generations,” Rimmer said.
“But around the great shadow of the Holocaust is also light; plenty
of light. Holocaust Memorial Day is also about heroism – and not only
that of the survivors.”
Yom HaShoah ceremonies begin with the sounding of a siren on
Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and continue into Thursday evening.
Restaurants, bars and places of entertainment close in honor of the
The central ceremonies, in the evening and the following morning, are
held at Yad Vashem in the presence of the President of the State of
Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors,and families.
Six torches, representing the six million murdered Jews, are lit at
the start of the ceremony, which is broadcast on Israeli media.
The central theme for this year is My Brother´s Keeper - Jewish
Solidarity During the Holocaust; this is the story of how, despite
danger, suffering and deprivation, Jews helped each other attempt to
survive the Nazis.
Israel will come to a standstill for two minutes at 10:00 o´clock
Thursday morning as air raid sirens sound again in remembrance of the
six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Cars will stop and people will rise and stand in place, many with
heads bowed, in memory of the victims.
At Yad Vashem, wreaths will be laid before the six torches. Across
Israel, ceremonies will be held to mark Yom HaShoah at Kibbutz
Lohamei Hagetaot (named in honor of the ghetto fighters), Yad
Mordechai (named for the Warsaw Ghetto hero), at national
institutions, on military bases, and in private venues.
Bezalel Academy was established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz, with
the support of the founder of Modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, Bezalel
is a leading academy of art and design in Israel, and one of the most
prestigious in the world. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/19/12)
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