Monday, February 28, 2011

Bronka Klibanski, Holocaust survivor, partisan, woman of valor, 1923-2011

On 23 February, Bronka Klibanski (née Winicka) - Holocaust survivor, fighter, researcher and author - passed away, leaving behind a heritage of resistance, courage and admiration from all who knew her. Born in Grodno, Klibanski was a member of the Dror Youth Movement who joined the Bialystok ghetto underground and worked closely with its leader Mordechai Tenenbaum, about whom she recently published a book. Klibanski became a kasharit (courier) - one of the brave young Jewish women who took on assumed non-Jewish identities and risked their lives on missions of reconnaissance, food and weapons smuggling in and out of the ghetto. These couriers were brazen in their courage as they used their looks, wits, and whatever other method they could to carry messages, smuggle documents and weopons, and provide information to Jews in ghettos around Poland.
After the war, Bronka was dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and research, and she was one of a last of the generation of Holocaust survivors who also worked professionally and objectively to commemorate the Shoah.
Bronka was a noble and brave woman who gave her all to her people during their hour of need and to Yad Vashem and its archives in their memory and their honor. As a member of the Yad Vashem Council, she was active in its work here for the rest of her life. We salute her resilience and courage and will treasure her legacy that continues to inspire us all.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Yad Vashem Online Photo Archive Chosen as the "Site of the Week was recently chosen as the “Site of the Week” by the editors of eSchool News, an online technology magazine for K-12 educators and included in the “Tools for Schools” e-mail newsletter which was distributed to over 60,000 subscribers each Wednesday. Read about it here

Read about Yad Vashem's recent partnership with Google to preserve and share Holocaust archives.

You can visit Yad Vashem's online photo archives here.