WWII VETERAN COMMEMORATIVE MARCH
West Hollywood, Los Angeles I May 6, 2018
Every year, on the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s capitulation, or as it’s known in Russia – as Victory Day of the Great Patriotic war - in cities around the world people honor the bravery and sacrifice of family members who contributed to the enemy’s defeat. They march and the photographs of their loved ones: brothers, sons, fathers, uncles, grandparents, mothers, and daughters, to remember their enormous effort that brought Europe to victory over Nazi Germany. No Soviet family was left unaffected by the war; from working 20-hour shifts in factories on the home front, to fighting on the front lines, to treating the wounded. On May 9, every year, families around the world come together to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.
LIMMUD FSU I COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
New York, New York I May 6, 2018
The Blavatnik Archive connects the vibrant and multi-faceted Russian Jewish community at Limmud FSU with stories of our shared past. Through colorful postcards and links to online profiles, BAF shared the stories of Russian Jewish WWII veterans about their experiences on the front lines and their unique lens of the war as Russian Jews. BAF’s Chairman, Len Blavatnik, led a panel on the Art of Giving: Current States of Affairs and Main Trends in Modern Philanthropy in the Jewish and Russian-speaking worlds.
Postcard giveaways at Limmud-FSU
LOCAL HEROES: RUSSIAN JEWISH WWII VETERANS OF WEST HOLLYWOOD
Plummer Park, West Hollywood, Los Angeles I May 9, 2018
In honor of Victory Day – May 9th, a special Blavatnik Archive exhibition and reception was held at Plumer Park in West Hollywood to meet local Russian Jewish WWII heroes, learn their stories, and celebrate their role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. In 2009 thirty-one veterans in LA were interviewed during BAF’s Veteran Oral History Project. On May 9, 2018, nine of those veterans attended a celebration event in their honor, together with four generations of their families, West Hollywood Assembly Member, Assessor, local city council staff, representatives from the Mayor’s office, and guests from the local community who wanted to learn and commemorate their local Jewish Russian heroes. Individual panels were produced for the local veteran participants, highlighting their biographies, photographs and excerpts from interviews.
WWII VICTORY DAY CELEBRATION | JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF CINCINNATI
Adath Israel Synagogue Cincinnati, Ohio I May 9, 2018
In honor of May 9th – Victory Day the Jewish Family Services of Cincinnati held a special event and luncheon for local WWII veterans. Four veterans who were participated in BAF’s Veteran Oral History Project in 2009BAF shared their personal stories in a special Local Heroes exhibit.
WWII VICTORY DAY CELEBRATION | NY RUSSIAN JEWISH VETERAN ASSOCIATION
Tatiana Restaurant, Brooklyn, New York I May 9, 2018
For the fifth year in a row the Blavatnik Archive continues to honor and cherish its relationship with the American Association of Invalid and Veterans of WWII, and incredibly active NYC-based organization which does incredible work in honoring and celebrating Russian WWII Veterans, including a yearly celebration at Tatiana Restaurant in Brighton Beach Brooklyn.
THE JEWISH GHETTO IN POSTCARDS - EXHIBIT OPENING | UJA OF NEW YORK
UJA, New York, New York I May 10, 2018
The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side is an exhibit of early twentieth-century postcards drawn from the collections of the Blavatnik Archive. From 1880 to 1924, one third of the Jewish population of Eastern Europe left for the United States. Despite their new home, echoes of the old country remained — in the cries of the marketplace, the plaintive tunes of the synagogue, and the shared Yiddish language. These original postcards provide an intimate glimpse of that world and offer important historical perspective on the Jewish immigrant experience in America.