Stalin Killed the Top of the Jewish Culture and Literature
During many years tradition of conducting at the JCC KEDEM memorial event dedicated to Yiddish writers shot by NKVD on Lubeanca in 1952 continues.
Organizer and conductor of the program Sergo Bengelsdorf specially came from Israel where he lives now to hold the event.
Over 50 people listened with great interest to this sad and black story of a totalitarian Stalinist Anti-Semitic politics that took place after the World War II. Many Jewish doctors, writers, state and public figures were killed, arrested of suffered in other ways during this period of time.
“My mom poetess Lubov Vasserman spent seven years in GULAG”, told Sergo. “That is why for me this event has a personal and special meaning moving me to continue all kinds of activities to never forget it. For that time – end of 1940s and beginning of 1950s those people made the top of the Jewish intelligentsia, its culture and literature that Stalin wanted to eliminate.”
Poetry, music, songs, essays performed by masters and professionals invited by Sergo added the colors in the atmosphere and picture of the event.
“Yes, it is sad and painful, but so important to know about these events, these names and history”, said Olga, one of the spectators.
New Museum Exhibition at the JCC KEDEM
“We Will Survive: Jewish History of Moldova in Pictures” such name was given to a new exhibition opened at the JCC KEDEM.
Also new interactive possibilities of our Museum were presented – now thanks to generous gift from Rotary club of Seattle (USA) and efforts of the JCC Peace Corps volunteer Carl Donovan our Museum is equipped with monitors, headphones and Wi-Fi that allow you to find and watch films, video and photo on the topic you are interested in.
During the last years Museum of the Jewish Heritage of Moldova of the JCC KEDEM was completely redesigned and has three premises that tell about last 150 years of the modern Jewish history in our country.
This work has become possible thanks to many grants received from the Rothschild Hanadiv Foundation, Anna Frank Fund, and JDC.
Inauguration of the exhibition was honored by presence of Mr. Yaromir Kvapil, Czech Republic Ambassador in Moldova, Mrs. Ulrike Knotz, Ambassador of Germany in Moldova, representatives of other international organizations, Museums, Universities.
“On a small space you managed to concentrate and show something big and important!” told Elena Radu, specialist in the sphere of strategic management.
“Museum will help keeping memory about Jews who made a lot for Chisinau and Moldova”, shared Arina Sato, writer.