Haim Gouri and the Ghetto Fighters’ House Holocaust Trilogy Movies


  • Gabriel Mayer University of Haifa Haifa, Israel




Holocaust History, Cinema, Haim Gouri, Ghetto Fighters Museum.


Between 1974 and 1985 The Ghetto Fighters’ House [Museum} collaborated with one of Israel’s best known literary figure-poet, journalist and screenwriter-Haim Gouri and together produced three movies about the Holocaust which were based upon a collection of excellent documentary materials. Known as the Holocaust Trilogy, the first film earned an Oscar nomination for best documentary, a feat not matched until 40 years later. Today, we see a remarkable resurgence of these works and this article will explore why this increase in interest is occurring.

Author Biography

Gabriel Mayer, University of Haifa Haifa, Israel

1. Head Historian Martef Hashoah Museum,Jerusalem2.Graduate Affiliate University of Haifa


Arendt, H. (2006). Eichmann in Jerusalem : a report on the banality of evil. New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books.

Avisar, I. (2005). The national and the popular in Israeli cinema. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 24(1), 125-143.

Azaryahu, M. D., Batia. (2000). Beit Lohamei Haghetaot. Israel: Kal Press.

Bemong, N., Borghart, P., De Dobbeleer, M., Demoen, K., De Temmerman, K., & Keunen, B. (2010). Bakhtin’s theory of the literary chronotope: Reflections, applications, perspectives: Academia Press.

Editors. (2004). Biography Chaim Gouri (Festival and Conference).

Friedländer, S. (1992). Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the" final Solution": Harvard University Press.

Gidor, P. (2016). The Reel Jerusalem, June 11, 2016, Jerusalem Post.

Hartman, G. H. (1996). The longest shadow: In the aftermath of the Holocaust: Indiana University Press.

HebrewLiterature, I. f. o. (2015). Authors and Poets. from http://www.ithl.org.il/page_13639

Hirsch, M. (2012). The generation of postmemory: writing and visual culture after the Holocaust: Columbia University Press.

Hochstein, J. M., & Greenfield, M. S. (1988). The Jews' Secret Fleet: Gefen Books.

Izikovitz, G. (2016, January 5, 2016). Poet and Palmach Icon Haim Gouri Turns Down Zionist Works of Art Prize Haaretz.

Loshitzky, Y. (2001). Identity politics on the Israeli screen: University of Texas Press.

Mascia-Lees, F. E. (2011). A companion to the anthropology of the body and embodiment. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mayer, G. (2015). Greenfield, Murray. In M. G (Ed.). Atlit, Israel.

Mayer, G. (2016a). Holocaust Museums: Artifacts Linking History and Culture. Saarbrucken, Germany: Scolars' Press.

Mayer, G. (2016b). Soap, Nazis and Jews. from http://www.martefhashoah.org/#!team/caqx

Mayer, G. (2017). Historical Museums in Israel: Semiotics of Culture. Journal of Arts and Humanities, 06(01), pp. 43-54.

Mayer, G. S., M; Moerdler, Z;. (2014, December14-16). Agency in the Media. from http://www.ehri-project.eu/cfp-simon-wiesenthal-conference-2014-holocaust-tv-beginnings-now

Meisels, V. (1999). Documentary film: The 81st Blow.

Neuman, E. (2014). Shoah Presence: Architectural Representations of the Holocaust: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Project, R. E. F. (2014). Film Festival: Restored Europen Film Project #2 [Press release]

Reporter, H. (2003, Dec. 4, 2003). Jerusalem fest speaks 'Yiddish', Hollywood Reporter.

Saxton, L. (2008). Haunted Images: Film, Ethics and the Holocaust: London: Wallflower Press.

Shapira, A. (2014). Israel: A History: Hachette UK.

Stone, D. (2004). The historiography of the Holocaust: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tablet, E. (2013, Feb. 22, 2013). Israel and the Oscars. Tablet.