Die Anzeige (the advertisement/ the announcement)
On June 27th, 2018, the governments of Poland and Israel announced a joint statement concerning the revision of the January 26th, 2018 amendment to Poland’s
Act on the Institute of National Remembrance.
The two governments announced this joint statement (June 27th, 2018) in the form of advertisements in major newspapers around the world as the following: in Germany: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt, in France: Le Figaro, Le Croix and Le Monde, in the United Kingdom: The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Sun, in Spain: ABC, in Israel: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth and in the United States of America: The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post.
This joint statement provoked a discussion and was sharply criticized around the world and was even described as a betrayal of the memory of the Shoah. The most vivid and authorized criticism was the response of Yad Vashem historians to the joint statement.
Here you can find their original reaction.
Although this joint statement was rejected by most historians and Shoah researchers it was not changed nor revisioned up to this day. The statement unfortunately became a fact, a part of, one might say, our reality.
my idea is to reprint this joint statement as an advertisement but in the Yiddish language.
• Yiddish was the language of most of the victims in Europe, especially in Poland.
• Yiddish was the language of the major part of the Jewish people living in the world as opposed to Hebrew, the official language of the state of Israel since 1948.
• In order to raise the question: who is authorized to sign this kind of statement?
• To create a conceptual monument of the Yiddish language. For example, most people in Germany do not know, that Yiddish is written in the Hebrew alphabet.
The success of this art-work is based on the echo that it will hopefully create. Therefore, to accomplish the aims of the art work “die Anzeige - the advertisement / the announcement” I will need any support, help and cooperation. Therefore, I already thank you very, very much for your interest and hope for your contribution.
You can support the art project “die Anzeige” by posting or sharing the ad in Yiddish language. Your post is a political statement and a contribution against oblivion. To do so, you find different types of files in the download-section.
Please do not hesitate to contact me
if you have any further questions.
Yours, Boaz Kaizman