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Lydia Aisenberg is a journalist, informal educator and special study tour guide. Born in 1946, Lydia is originally from South Wales, Britain and came to live in Israel in 1967 and has been a member of Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek since. The mother of five and grandmother of twelve (so far) Lydia has been involved in shared citizenship projects of the Givat Haviva Institutes International Department for the last 25 years, and involved in informal education projects since her first visit to Israel in 1965 and volunteering during the 1967 war.

A sign and poster on a building that was Orde Wingate’s headquarters in Kibbutz Ein Harod in the 1940s

Most young Israelis would associate the name Wingate with Is...

Polish born Krystyna Skarbek, whose mother was Jewish and fa...
Trenches running along the hillside at the Castel


Kiryat Anavim cemetery

Flatbed information boards along the trail

A dusty, twisting and turning path – the bushes and weeds on...
Interviewing a Palestinian near the Jewish settlement of Shaked in the West Bank

When living in Britain over fifty years ago I would have des...



Text & photos: By Lydia Aisenberg A visit to the memoria...
What a beast . . . the Bucyrus TD9 Tractor-Bulldozer

 Some folks collect coins, stamps, matchboxes, postcard...
The Scroll of Fire, an 8-meter high sculpture, stands in the center of a clearing in the Jerusalem Hills, towering over the extensive forest of 6 million trees –making it the most expansive Holocaust memorial in the world. Photos by Lydia Aisenberg

Detail from the Scroll of Fire . . .

. . . created by Nathan Rapoport

Standing in the center of a large clearing in the Jerusalem ...


Shakers created by Jewish detainees in Cyprus

Photos by Lydia Aisenberg The private abode of a former Isra...
The memorial to Hannah Senesh at Sdot Yam

Hannah Senesh . . . executed by the Gestapo

Sculpture on a wall in Sdot Yam

Kibbutz Sdot Yam is packed with physical beauty, incredible ...
Kibbutz founder Kuba Doron breaking rocks for construction. The picture was taken in 1926 when the members were working on the building of the road to Afula – but Doron did the same thing again in the early 1930s to build the children's house

The dreidel memorial and name plaque in a rock commemorating the children who died, behind the concrete dreidel

A bleak day ... the extensively damaged children’s house after the 1948 Chanukah bombing

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg Almost a decade aft...
The Imperial War Museum, London, where Graham Zeitlin tells visitors about his experiences (Photo: Flickr)

Graham Zeitlin who grew up in Birmingham in World War II

Graham Zeitlin pictured today at the Imperial War Museum (Photo Lydia Aisenberg)

The book Graham wrote about his experiences working on the railways

By man who was at school when bombs rained down  T...
Memorial to the eight Jews killed by British soldiers in November 1945

Set in stone ... Yaacov Adato who was just 18 when he died with the others

An impressive memorial to eight Jews killed by British soldi...
The Museum wing named after Sammy Ofer (Photo: Lydia Aisenberg )

The bust of Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer in the National Maritime Museum, London (Photo: Flickr)

During a recent sojourn to London, I included a visit to Gre...
The black and white 1940s Knitting Pattern

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg A black-and-white 1...
Sign in a rock commemorating the four Australian athletes who died in the 1997 Maccabiah Games bridge collapse over the River Yarkon

Where Israel's Jezreel and Bet Shean valleys become kissing ...
One of the ancient stones in the park in Talpiot, Jerusalem

A map in the concrete shows the route of the ancient water system

...dates back 2,000 years Early on a Shabbat afternoon in a ...
In order to enjoy an incredible annual artistic creation in ...
Gad Yakobi giving out beigels to visitors to his Kfar Hasidim shtetl

Polish-born Israeli Malka Goldlust resting on the ‘shiduchim bench’ at Yankele’s Shtetl

A shtetl teeming with people

A small but very impressive Polish shtetl can be found in Kf...
Replica of the shoe shop where Moshe Samter’s father worked until 1935

Edna Yahav, one of Moshe’s daughters who shows visitors round

A visitor looking at one of the miniature displays in the museum at Yokneam Illit

At the age of 95 Moshe Samter is still busy at work making his miniatures

Photos by Lydia Aisenberg One would hardly expect to fi...
Exodus from Egypt in Days of Yorecosts NIS 150 available fro...