Zikaron Basalon happens in the living room space of a home, usually with 15-40 people.
You choose if to host your own event or to participate in a pre-planned event.
The event consists of three parts: testimony, expression and an open discussion.
On this page you have all you need to plan your unique Salon. Every section has relevant content and guidelines.
As long as we have Holocaust survivors who want to contribute, we want to hear about their experiences. Therefore, we encourage hosts to invite survivors so they can tell their story in your home. We encourage guests to invite Holocaust survivors they are connected to, to tell their stories in your homes. For some it may be the first time they share their story.
Because the generation of survivors is fading, we offer the use of recorded or written testimony or second-generation survivor experiences as well as other experts and academics to lecture in your living room and have direct face-to-face conversations.
Zikaron Basalon meets many different needs of diverse audiences.
In order to transition from a receptive state to an engaging one, a transitional stage is necessary to harmonize and create a safe, open space for meaningful discussions. This is done through the music, reading of poems and literature, empowering individuals to share their feelings through artistic lens. This in return creates readiness and mutual respect to discuss the upcoming topics featured in the discussion.
The Holocaust is much more than an historical event. Even today, its ramifications can be felt in many aspects of our world. Each conversation relating to the Holocaust is unique, fascinating and often emotional.
The discussion will be led by the host or someone they have chosen to lead on their behalf.
There is no doubt that leading a discussion could be a challenge, so we have prepared kits containing diverse content and a discussion guide.
Like any conversation, it is important to maintain a fruitful discussion in an amiable atmosphere and discourage side conversations or off-topic discussions. We recommend that you simulate the conversation you would like to facilitate and try to anticipate the direction in which the conversation will evolve. This will help you to prepare questions that are relevant to the participants. Tips for effective facilitation can be found in the kit.
The Memory of the Holocaust - Then, Now and In the Future
This discussion will focus on changes that have occurred over the years in how society remembers the Holocaust.
*Suitable for first time hosts and teenagers.