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Elie Wiesel, immediately after receiving the Nobel Prize in Oslo, December 1986.Itzhak Elharar
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Elie Wiesel: A Life in Pictures

A retrospective about the life of the world-renowned Holocaust survivor and educator will open next week in Moscow

by
Jonathan Zalman
August 19, 2016
Itzhak Elharar
Elie Wiesel, immediately after receiving the Nobel Prize in Oslo, December 1986.Itzhak Elharar

A new exhibit of photographs featuring Elie Wiesel, a voice for Holocaust survivors, and a Nobel laureate, who died in July, is set to open this month in Moscow. The show, titled “Elie Wiesel: From Sighet to New York via France and Israel,” will be on display at the Israeli Cultural Center. It is curated by Yoel Rappel, the founder and director of Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Archive.

Using pictures, documents, and other images, the show will present a comprehensive overview of Wiesel’s remarkable life, including information about his birthplace and family in Romania; his imprisonment at Auschwitz and subsequent liberation from Buchenwald; his work as a journalist; his many published books, such as The Fifth Son, The Trial of God, The Jews of Silence, and Night; receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986; and decades of international Holocaust activism.

According to the announcement, a number of prominent Jewish figures will be present at the exhibition’s opening, including the chief rabbis of Russia, Berel Lazar and Avraham Shayevich; Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kenner; Israel’s Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver; Conference of European Rabbis President Pinchas Goldschmidt; Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Secretary General Mikhail Chlenov; Israeli-Russian Business Council Chairman Dr. Temur Ben Yehuda; Adlofand the founder and chairman of Limmud FSU, Chaim Chesler.

The Wiesel retrospective is hosted by Limmud FSU in partnership with the Shem Olam Institute and the Nativ organization. It runs from Aug. 24 until the end of September.

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.

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