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The Jews of Stuggle Exhibition in Kiev


The Beit Hatfutsot exhibition "Jews of Struggle" Opens in Ukraine Capital

The Beit Hatfutsot exhibition "Jews of Struggle: The Jewish National Movement in the USSR, 1967–1989" (curator: Rachel Schnold), which was on display in Beit Hatfutsot in 2007 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Jewish struggle for freedom, opened in Kiev, Ukraine,  on Thursday, May 12, 2011. This exhibition was sponsored by Israel's Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs in partnership with Beit Hatfutsot, "Jews of Struggle" opened in the presence of Mr. Ronen Plot, Director General of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, and Israel's ambassador in Kiev Mrs. Zina Kalay-Kleitman.


"Jews of Struggle" provides an overview of Jewish national activity in the USSR between 1967 and 1989 and of the international support it received from Israel and world Jewry.  The exhibition includes photographs, posters, documents and publications, including original Samizdat (clandestine) publications, objects and art, music, and films by and about activists. The "Jews of Struggle" will be exhibited in Kiev through May 23, 2011. During this time, there will be a range of educational activities on various topics related to the struggle, lectures and exhibition tours for all ages.


Israel’s Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister, MK Yuli Edelstein (himself once a Prisoner of Zion in the former Soviet Union), conveyed his personal support for this exhibition: "I am convinced that this initiative will contribute to a better understanding of the stark reality with which we had to contend and the price we paid for asserting our rights to uphold Jewish culture and emigrate to Israel."


Ronen Plot, Smadar Keren, Zina Kalay-Kleitman, Michal Houminer