• Short Summary

    IN THE PAST YEAR, OVER A THOUSAND YOUNG GERMANS HAVE VISITED ISRAEL ON SOMETHING OF A SEARCH.

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    IN THE PAST YEAR, OVER A THOUSAND YOUNG GERMANS HAVE VISITED ISRAEL ON SOMETHING OF A SEARCH.THEY VISIT MUSEUMS OF NAZI PERSECUTION, WORK IN 'KIBBUTZIM' - THE JEWISH COOPERATIVE FARM VILLAGES - TALK WITH THEIR ISRAELI CONTEMPORARIES ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF GERMANY AND ISRAEL, AND ATTEND LECTURES ON THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF JEWISH LIFE.

    ALL THE GERMAN VISITORS - STUDENTS, CLERKS, FACTORY WORKERS, APPRENTICES, FARMERS, BLACKSMITHS - VISIT 'YAD SHEM' THE EXHIBITION OF NAZI ATROCITIES CREATED BY ISRAEL TO THE SIX MILLION JEWS KILLED BY THE NAZIS DURING WORLD WAR TWO.

    BUT MORE THAN LOOKING AT MUSEUMS IS INVOLVED IN THESE VISITS.THE GERMANS, ALL MEMBERS OF ORGANISED GROUPS, MEET ISRAELIS OF THE SAME AGE AND BOTH SIDES MAKE AN EFFORT TO ESTABLISH CONTACT, TO EXCHANGE PERSONAL HISTORIES, SOMETIMES TO DISCUSS THE HISTORY OF THE JEW IN GERMANY.

    SOME OF THE YOUNG VISITORS GO FURTHER THAN THIS.THEY WORK, VOLUNTARILY, WITHOUT PAYMENT, ON ISRAELI KIBBUTZIM.SOME WORK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, A FEW LABOUR FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.THESE GERMANS BELONG TO AN ORGANISATION CALLED SYMBOLIC ATONEMENT.THEY ARE WORKING NOW IN KIBBUTZ BAHAN, ON THE JORDANIAN FRONTIER.THEY RISE AT 5.30 A.M., LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, AND SHARE FULLY IN THE SETTLEMENT'S LIFE.

    MANY ISRAELIS REJECT ALL CONTACT WITH THE VISITING GERMANS.BUT, WITH THE QUIET APPROVAL OF THE BONN AND JERUSALEM GOVERNMENTS, THE VISITS OF THE YOUNG GERMANS CONTINUE, AND SLOWLY THEY GROW.

    SOMETIMES THE GERMAN TOURS INCLUDE THE PLANTING OF SAPLINGS IN A FOREST TO COMMEMORATE THE VICTIMS OF NAZI GERMANY.BOTH ISRAEL AND GERMANY HOPE THAT BY THE TIME THE SAPLINGS RISE TO MATURITY THE EMOTIONAL BACKWASH OF A TRAGIC PAST WILL BE GONE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA61657XV8E6O3MGB3PXPFDCA4Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA61657XV8E6O3MGB3PXPFDCA4Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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