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Leave a mark in Bat Yam


World War II broke out in Europe in 1939 and wiped out about half of the Jewish population. Some were sent to concentration camps, hidden in the woods, _ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ fought with the partisans, joined the armies of the Allied forces or survived the siege of Leningrad, during which 750,000 people died of starvation.

While the evidence from the Holocaust was extensively documented, the Israeli public became acquainted with the heroic veterans mainly thanks to the waves of immigration to Israel in the 1990s, with the disintegration of the former Soviet Union and the breaking of the Iron Curtain. Since most of them did not speak Hebrew, their story was not revealed to the Israeli public. In collaboration with the Bat-Yam Municipality, we embarked on a documentary journey following the story of the heroes of World War II from its various sides. We met those who were then boys and girls, boys and girls, and who today chose to build their lives in Israel and in the city of Bat Yam and wanted to share their memories with the younger generation._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

The evidence is harsh. Although the documented went through the war in different places, they all tell of hunger, cold, despair, hatred, loss and fear. They tell how the home front became the bomb-absorbing front. Some lost a mother or father, and found themselves alone. From these moments also emerges a spark of humanity, of help and hope. Created a survival that once in their hearts evoked hope to build a new and better life. A hope that became a reality when they immigrated to Israel. Among those documented are people who have crossed the age of one hundred, and their clear memory is inspiring.

This moving product comes to share their personal testimony about the historic event, and describes the heroism revealed in a time of difficulty and hope that was in their hearts for the day when the war would end._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ are our heroes.

The Autographers is an international artistic documentation project that aims to connect the community to its unique history. Sharing their personal story is our moral duty. "Remember and do not forget," says one of the documenters. "This is our will," they emphasize. "It is a mission to pass on these stories to the next generation, to keep our eyes open and remember what we have lost."

We thank the documentarians who shared with us their personal history, the talented documentarians and translators who helped bridge the language differences.


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The "Autographers" project gives us a unique glimpse into the painful history of World War II and this time with a spotlight on a variety of sides: Holocaust survivors, partisans and survivors of the military siege of the city of Leningrad in the Soviet Union. A siege that claimed the lives of more than 750,000 people for about two years. The documentarians, who were at the time only children, chose to build their lives in Bat Yam and in many respects are a 'walking history'.


At this time, as we face a new reality in the shadow of the Corona, I see great importance in this venture that gives a place of honor to these heroes in our city. The products have been combined into an exhibition  'Heroes of the Second World War' that excites everyone who is exposed to it and who reaches the younger generation in our city. It is our moral duty to share the documented stories, to remember the price that World War II exacted from the world in general and from the Jewish community in particular and to instill values of respecting heroism and solidarity for each other._ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ , Those who survived the atrocities, fought in armies and undergrounds, and those who were in the home front like survivors of the Leningrad siege and survived thanks to resourcefulness, solidity and hope.


I thank all those involved in the craft, first and foremost - to the documented for their contribution and willingness to share their story, _ cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ to the Welfare and Social Services Division who led the venture alongside the Autographers team courtesy. Together they created spectacular products that left a mark on the hearts of us all.



Zvika Brut

Mayor of Bat Yam

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