“The departure from the state anti-Semitism of Soviet times and a reduction of the level of violence motivated by anti-Semitic views do not mean that anti-Semitism as a cultural phenomenon has vanished in these countries,” said professor Ze’ev Khanin.
“This series was never exhibited during the artist’s lifetime, since in the Soviet Union it was not allowed to single out the Jewish tragedy. It is symbolic that the exhibition, organized by Russia’s Pechersky Foundation and supported by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, is being held
The exhibition is a joint project of the Russian embassy in Croatia, Rossotrudnichestvo Representative Office in Croatia, the Alexander Pechersky Foundation, the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Zagreb, Shira Gallery and the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.
The memorial was funded by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress headed by Israeli-Georgian businessman and philanthropist Mikhail Mirilashvili, as well as Jewish Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. The Jewish National Fund, the United United Israel Appeal, and the Russian Jewish Congress also supported the project.
A spiral of light will, at night, create a special effect of a burning eternal flame, according to the sponsors of the project, which include the president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Mikhael Mirilashvili, and the chairman of the board of trustees of the Jewish
World War II veterans and blockade survivors attended the ceremony, as well as Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Saint Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and the memorial’s funders: Michael Mirilashvili, president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress; and Victor Vekselberg, chairman of the board of the Jewish Museum
“It is up to us to uphold the truth and preserve the memory of the terrible war so that the tragedy of our peoples never repeats,” said EAJC President Mirilashvili.
The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress backed the initiative of former Knesset member, Leonid Litinetsky, the Council of World War II Veterans and the Association of the Victims of the Leningrad Siege in Israel to establish the monument.
The inauguration took place in the opening ceremony of the 7th annual “Mahar” Conference supported by the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress led by its President Mikhail Mirilashvili who is extremely devoted to the development of Jewish life in the Balkan.
The Croatian government is trying “to rewrite history and clear the Ustasa regime of any responsibility for its collaboration in the mass killings,” Mikhail Mirilashvili, president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress said Wednesday. “We strongly condemn this kind of distorted view of history.”