Zikaron BaSalon is a modern cornerstone of Holocaust commemoration in Israel – and increasingly around the world. Since 2011, this social initiative has invited Holocaust survivors to homes and public spaces across Israel to share their personal stories with the next generation.

In November, Zusammen Berlin – a partner of Yisraelim – held the first-ever Zikaron BaSalon Seminar outside of Israel. These seminars help train and prepare the next generation to organize and lead these sacrosanct gatherings.

In partnership with the World Zionist Organization, the event featured German First Lady Elke Büdenbender, who highlighted the importance of remembrance for both taking responsibility and ensuring a safe future. A panel tackled the topic of antisemitism in Germany today, which featured panelists including Ambassador Michaela Küchler, former Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

To share a personal story of the Holocaust, Lea Shnirer came from Israel and told the story of her mother, Olga Shalmon Grossman. Lastly, Anne Thomas, International Director of the Stolpersteine Project, shared how what started as an illegal initiative of placing markers for the victims of the Nazis became an accepted and important phenomenon.

First-ever Zikaron BaSalon Seminar in Germany, with the German First Lady

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