All News

The Story of Vitka Kovner


The Screening of the Story of Vitka Kovner

Vitka Kampner, wife of the late Abba Kovner, one of the founding members of Beit Hatfutsot, tells her unique, personal story in a documentary film I Tell My Story Now - Partisan Vitka Kovner's Memories. The film sheds light on the contribution and hardships of partisan women during the Holocaust period.  On March 16, 2011, hundreds came to Beit Hatfutsot to attend a special screening of this film which was created by Yael Katzir and Elik Ritvas.


Vitka Kovner was active in the FPO partisans organization (United Partisan Organization"; referred to as FPO by its Yiddish initials) in Vilna, and after the liquidation of the Vilna ghetto fought in the Jewish partisans unit commanded by Abba Kovner in the Rodniki Forest.   Abba and Vitka Kovner later were married in Ein HaChoresh Kibbutz.  Vitka was known as a fearless fighter and was awarded a Soviet medal of valor for her participation in the bombing of a German train in the Vilna ghetto in 1942.


The film was accompanied by the music of the Yiddish ensemble of Nechama Lifschitz.  The screening was followed by a riveting discussion with Prof. Dina Porat and distinguished guests, Dr. Isaac Arad, Yonat Rotbein from the Tabenkin Museum, Michael and Daniel Kovner.