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August 26, 2016  RSS feed
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Russian Jews posthumously honor Elie Wiesel, who fought to free them


From the exhibit, in 1986 Elie Wiesel meeting in Israel with wives of refuseniks - those denied permission to leave the USSR. From the exhibit, in 1986 Elie Wiesel meeting in Israel with wives of refuseniks - those denied permission to leave the USSR. (JTA) ­– A Jewish organization working in the former Soviet Union inaugurated an exhibition in Moscow on the life of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, who died last month at 87.

The exhibition, titled “Elie Wiesel, from Sighet to Moscow via France and Israel,” was launched by Limmud FSU, which organizes Jewish learning conferences in more than a dozen countries with large populations of Russian-speaking Jews.

The display features dozens of photos from important stations in the life of Wiesel, including a 2009 one showing Wiesel holding a white rose while walking alongside President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to the former concentration camp Buchenwald. Prominent figures from Russian Jewry, including the country’s two chief rabbis, Berel Lazar and Avraham Shayevich, attended the opening at the Israeli Cultural Center.

His 1966 book The Jews of Silence looked at Jews living in repression beyond the Iron Curtain under communism and served as a catalyst for the Soviet Jewry movement.


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