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Double Refugees: A Series of Video Meetings
For the first time since World War II and the establishment of the State of Israel, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees emerged in the world. For some of them, this is their second evacuation - the first was in 1941 from the Nazis, the second in 2022 from the Russians.
We invite you to meet these double refugees and Holocaust survivors, ready to share their extraordinary stories from two eras. You will witness the "Jewish" chronicle of the Russo-Ukrainian war, which will be documented in books and scientific monographs years later.
But all this will happen in the future, while today you will feel the living breathing of history - this moment is worth a lot.
The fourth video meeting will take place on May 28, 2023 at 17:00 (Ukraine and Israel Time Zone / GMT+2) / 16:00 (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc. / CET) / 10:00 (New York, USA / GMT-5).
If you would like to participate in the video conference, please fill out the form below.
Our hero Lev Tumarkin was seven years old in 1941, when the war came to his city. 80 years later, Lev Tumarkin had to remember what it was like to live under the bombs, to lie in the basement and pack documents in an emergency kit. Then, fleeing from the invading Wehrmacht, our hero with his mother and two brothers spent a month in a sledge train heading for Nizhny Tagil.
But in March 2022 Tumarkin, 87 years old, walked for two hours with Scandinavian sticks to the evacuation bus. Fortunately, it had snowed and fog had fallen on the city - Russians don't usually bomb in such weather.
Experts Stanislav Gluzman, a financier, Maxim Rosenfeld, the best guide in Kharkov, and Hodaya Halfon, head of Knafei Emuna, with whose help 5,000 people were evacuated from the city, described the damage the Russian world had done to Ukraine's largest Russian-speaking city.
The heroine of the episode is Irina Polyushkina, a math teacher from Mariupol, who spent almost a month in the basement, survived shelling and air raids, was shell-shocked, helped put out fires and bury neighbors, and once almost ended up in the occupation's "cleansing section. Eight people died in front of her schoolgirl daughter, and her paralyzed Holocaust survivor mother lay on the floor for weeks at -5 degrees and nearly burned to death when another air raid hit the house.
Experts: Maxim Baryshnikov - Attorney, Co-Founder of the Civic Hub initiative group "Get Russia out of the UN."
Anna Vishnyakova is a former Advisor to the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on xenophobia and anti-Semitism, currently researching the problems of propaganda and incitement to genocide.
The hero of the episode is Yevgeny Chepurnyak, People's Artist of Ukraine, Director and Actor of the legendary 1990s KVN team from Dnepropetrovsk University. A year ago, Yevgeny evacuated to Israel his parents, Holocaust survivors, who have 187 years of age together.
Experts: Dr. Igor Shchupak, Director of the Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies "Tkuma", postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, member of the Ukrainian-German Historical Commission, honored educator of Ukraine.
Alisa Rostovtseva is Coordinator of educational and charitable programs at the Mariupol synagogue, which helped evacuate elderly and disabled Jews from the city already under occupation.
Marat Strakovsky is a member of the presidium of the Kyiv City Jewish Community, who is responsible for a number of charitable projects.
The hero of the episode is Boris Zabarko, a well-known historian, an Honored Scientist of Ukraine, author of more than 200 books and articles, laureate of the National Academy of Sciences, Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Association of Jews - Former Ghetto and Nazi Concentration Camp Prisoners.
Experts Dr. Anatoliy Podolsky, Director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies. Dr. Mark Freiman, former Deputy Attorney General of Ontario and President of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Dr. Ze'ev Hanin, Political scientist, researcher at the Institute for Euro-Asian Jewish Studies and professor at Ariel University. Dr. Artem Fedorchukl, Director of the International Center for Jewish Education and Research. Dr. Irina Shikhova, Director of the Museum of Jewish History of Moldova. Grigory Reichman, Israeli historian and translator.