Holocaust Memorial Exhibition in IAF Airbase

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition in IAF Airbase

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition in IAF Airbase

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition in IAF Airbase

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition in IAF Airbase

Photo by: Hagar Amibar

After taking part in IDF delegation to the Nazi death camps in Poland, Avraham Maymon from Ramat-David Airbase decided to commemorate what he witnessed and created a unique exhibition for the soldiers

Shachar Zorani | Translation: Eden Sharon

At a beautiful green garden in Ramat-David Airbase, large wooden boards present paintings relating to the history of Jewish people: Barbed wire fence covered with a Jewish prayer shawl, monuments from different Nazi death camps and one green blooming tree.

Seven years ago, Avraham Maymon, an IDF man in charge of electricity in Ramat-David Airbase, set out for IDF delegation following the story of the holocaust (“Witnesses in uniforms”). The participants visited various concentration camps, listened to firsthand testimonies and brought the Jewish history to life.

“I wanted to commemorate what I saw and experienced”, shares Maymon. “I came up with the idea while reading aloud the ‘Kaddish’ (Jewish mourner’s prayer) alongside mass graves in Lopuchowo Forest in Poland. When you’re there, you suddenly grasp life differently and gain new appreciation to the people who were there”.

Like Father and Son
The paintings are the work of one of Maymon’s soldiers, SFC Reuvan Shata. The two started to work together when Maymon asked Shata to paint a flower on his door.
“I couldn’t do it by myself”, explains Maymon. “When I saw the beautiful flower painting, I showed Reuvan this pictures and asked him to paint them for me. And that’s how we started working”. Shata accepted the request. “Avraham was like a father to me”, notes Shata.

Powerful Massage
the hard work continued for several months. Every evening after work hours, the two would sit and labor over the creations – Shata painting and Maymon providing equipment and stories.
“At first I wasn’t very involved in the issue”, says SFC Shata. “But as I painted I got into it. I heard the stories and tried to understand what really went on back then. The stories accompanied me with every line I drew”.

Every drawing in the exhibition reflects a fascinating moving story of compassion and courage, destruction and heroism. “I think people need to give everything they can for the country”, determines Maymon. This is one of the reasons why he chose to hang to pictures in the airbase.
“I wanted the young soldiers, who protect us, to always remember what they’re fighting for”, he notes. “Today we finally have an army and we are able to defend ourselves. We must carry out our mission with professionalism and care and prevent a second catastrophe”.

Apart from the soldiers of the airbase, other people like visitors and the children of the airbases’ housing project can also be impressed with the exhibition.
“When people walk by, I show them the paintings and tell them the stories”, says Maymon. “I ‘steal’ ten minutes from them for an important goal and carry my massage on”.

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