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12th Annual Festival of Tolerance in St. Petersburg

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14 Jan 2019
12th Annual Festival of Tolerance in St. Petersburg

The 12th annual Festival of Tolerance in St. Petersburg, Russia was yet again a great success. ICEJ Russia and our longtime partner in the Jewish Community, the “Eva Foundation”, organized this event to raise awareness of the Holocaust.

The festival began with a Jewish drama group from Bryansk performing the play, “The diary of Ann Frank.” The program continued with a discussion about the book “The German’s are Hunting us with Dogs”, which is the story of two young sisters who escaped the Holocaust. The book contains a series of drawings done by young Jewish children to illustrate the poem written by Alla Aisensharf, one of the sisters. A video presentation of the story followed, as well as dramatic readings by middle school children.

ICEJ has translated, printed, and distributed the book in Finland as a contribution to this Holocaust awareness campaign. Proceeds from the Finnish book went to purchasing warm bedding for the remaining 68 Holocaust survivors living in St. Petersburg that the ICEJ helps care for, along with other elderly Jewish people and invalids.

The festival was a great success and provided an excellent method of Holocaust education for those that attended.


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