The Chaim Herzog Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II
The Association for the Establishment of the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II, is building the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in World War II, in order to tell the important and neglected chapter in the history of Jewish people, the story of the Heroism alongside the Holocaust. The contribution of the Jewish soldiers to defeat of the Nazi regime and its threat to the existence of the Jewish people.
The museum will honor the 1,500,000 Jewish men and women who were drafted into or volunteered for the armed forces of the Allies, the Partisans and underground movements, and will commemorate the 250,000 Jewish soldiers who gave their lives during the War.
The museum is built in Latrun, on the main road between Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, it will be a ‘state-of-the-art’ facility, a unique site of its kind in the world, a magnet for visitors and researchers and features an exhibition center that will tell the story of the Jewish fighter in World War II, a learning and information center, a place for research an archive and more.
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The story of the war will be presented chronologically through the armies and fighters' organizations from the beginning of September 1939 until the surrender of Japan in September 1945. The story will present the role and participation of Jewish fighters in combat in decisive
There will be seven wings in this space:
1. The foyer and convergence -.An Introduction to the War and the Jewish Soldier, will introduce to the visitor, the subject, the atmosphere of war and the figure of the Jewish soldier.
2, The Early Years – 1939 - 1941
The armies of the countries represented in this division: Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, France, Britain, Yugoslavia, Greece, Czechoslovakia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India.
The systems: Poland, Scandinavia, the Low Countries and France, the battles over Britain and the Atlantic Ocean, North and East Africa and the Balkans.
3. The War in Eastern Europe - the Soviet Union
The armies: the Soviet Union and other armies under the command of the Red Army.
The campaigns: the invasion to the Soviet Union, Moscow, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kursk, the liberation of Belarus, the liberation of the death camps, Eastern Europe and the occupation of Berlin and more.
4. The United States and its Allies
Joining the US into the war turns the war into a world war.
The armies: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, China, India, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands.
The campaigns: The Western Desert, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Normandy, the liberation of Western Europe, the Eastern Front and the Pacific Ocean
5. The Partisans, Ghetto Fighters and Underground Movements
Jewish fighters in unorganized frameworks: ghetto fighters, partisan activity in Eastern Europe, Central Europe and the Balkans.
Actions by underground fighters in Western Europe and North Africa.
6.The Jewish Volunteers from “Eretz Israel”
7. The “War of Existence” until Israel’s Independence – 1945 - 1949
Dealing with the uprooting, the illegal immigration, the preparations and the struggle for independence, the contribution of theVolunteers from “Eretz Israel”, the "Gachal" and the "Machal" to the War of Independence, the establishment of the state of Israel.
In addition the Museum will include :
Temporary exhibitions - on the subject of Jewish fighters in World War II.
Research and Study Center - which includes computerized archive, library and workstations.
Conference Hall - auditorium / classrooms - for a briefing and discussion.
Administrative area - will include conference room, offices, machinery room, shop and snack bar, services and storage.
The total area of the museum is approximately 2200 square meters.