Build Your Event

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.

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Testimony

Filmed or personal, told by a Holocaust survivor, a child of one or an expert in the field.

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Play music, read a poem, or any other way participants would like to express their feelings through creative lens.

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Discussion

A facilitated discussion that focuses on the memory of the Holocaust and its significance in our lives nowadays.

 
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Testimony

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.

Here you will find guidelines that will help you prepare for the Testimony part, how to conduct it and its aftermath. 

If you are not hosting a speaker, you can find a selection of written testimonies we have carefully selected so that they can be adapted to any and every living room. 

If you are not hosting a speaker, you can find a selection of recorded testimony we have carefully selected so that they can be adapted to any and every living room.

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Expression

​​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.

 

Here you will find inspirational videos or ones full of humor that were recommended to us by hosts from previous events.

Here you will find playlists; lyrics and chords we think fit the themes of the evening.

Here you will find inspirational texts that can be read or distributed for the expression section.

 

Discussion

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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. 

This discussion will focus on discussing and thinking about the lessons derived from the Holocaust.

In this conversation we will try to create a personal dialogue, and will focus on issues related to the personal experience of every guest.

*Suitable for Teenagers.

This discussion will challenge participants to expand the scope of memory beyond the basic themes of victimhood and resistance that have come to mark traditional Holocaust remembrance.

This discussion focuses on the power of stories and narratives in the way they shape our understanding of the world we live in. Things in the past have happened. Now we ask ourselves, how shall we shape the future?"
*Suitable for educators.

The purpose is to explore some of the practices in Holocaust education and have participants reflect on the place and purpose of studying the Holocaust in general."
*Suitable for Salons with diverse populations

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.

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