A unique exhibition on life and work of Elie Wiesel was launched today by Limmud FSU in Tel Aviv
A special event was held yesterday (Thursday) in memory of Nobel Prize laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. It took place at the Jewish Heritage Center at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with Limmud FSU and Yad Vashem Museum.
During the official event, a special exhibition on the life and work of Elie Wiesel was displayed to the attendants. The exhibition, initiated by Limmud FSU, was first launched at the Israeli Cultural Center in Moscow this August, and includes dozens of photographs from different milestones in Elie Wiesel’s life.
This is the first time this unique exhibition is displayed in Israel, and in the upcoming months it’ll be displayed at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Limmud FSU Israel conference in Eilat, and afterwards travel around the world, including the United States and UK in early 2017.
The event was attended by saluted Israeli poet Haim Gouri, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, and former Chief Rabbi of Israel) , a former Knesset member and Limmud FSU Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, Dr. Yoel Rappel from Elie Wiesel Center, Chief Historian of Yad Vashem Prof. Dina Porat, Prof. Dan Laor, Professor Aviva Hallamish, Prof. Shlomo Breznitz and Prof. David Assaf.
Limmud FSU Rabbi Menachem Hacohen opened the exhibition and said that: “The major goal of this exhibition’s is to try and tell the story of life and work of Elie Wiesel, whom I’ve known for many years, since my days as Chief Rabbi of Rumania”. Hacohen also spoke about Elie Wiesel Jewish identity and told the audience that: “Elie once told me that “My Judaism has more doubts than certainty, and a lot more questions than answers”.
Menachem Hacohen also elaborated about the source of a well-known term Wiesel used, “Jewry of Silence”: “For Wiesel, there were two kinds of Holocaust survivors – physical survivors, and spiritual survivors- all those Soviet Jews who survived the enormous assimilation of the Stalin Era in USSR, and managed to preserve their Judaism despite great difficulties and despair”.