Wednesday, 5 June 2013



Between August 6th - 9th FYFT is going to be presenting our educational resources at Habonim-Dror's Sayarim camp!

Sayarim is a 2 week residential camp in Amsterdam where the participants (from the UK), aged about 15, spend two weeks learning about the Holocaust (so it is obviously a natural fit for us).

You may be asking why a camp for young people would be centred on the Holocaust? Well, Habonim-Dror's history is intertwined with the Holocaust. Habonim and Dror used to be two separate youth movements that merged in 1982. Habonim was founded in the UK in 1929, and eventually spread to many English speaking countries. Its ideology was focused on being culturally Jewish, Zionist (for the creation of a Jewish state in the land of Israel) and Socialist.

Dror was founded in Poland in 1915 and focused on Zionism within Poland. During the Holocaust, members of Dror bravely fought during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, where Jewish prisoners in the Ghetto courageously stood up to the Nazis and fought back. This is an incredible link between an active youth movement and Holocaust history.

 Miła 18, the headqaurters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 

 Memorial stone at  Miła 18, the headqaurters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 

The memorial marking a boundary of the Warsaw Ghetto

We will be leading FYFT programmes over two days, and for the first time other leaders/teachers will be running our programmes. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to spread the messages of FYFT; increasing awareness of what are doing and why we are doing it. It will also be really great that we will be able to get some more practise leading before we start going into schools in the UK.

Whilst we are in Amsterdam, we'll of course take the opportunity to visit Anne Frank's house and other key sites. The Dutch Jewish community suffered huge losses (before the war The Netherlands had a population of 140,000 Jewish people, after the war only 30,000 Jewish people remained alive.) 

We are so excited about working with Habonim-Dror and visiting Amsterdam, we hope to have many amazing and interesting things to report when we get back! 


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