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Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Muziejus

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An evening of documentary by Canadian director

 
Published: 2019-10-15

 The evening of October 10th at the Tolerance Center was for the screening of the documentary "Memory is Our Homeland" and the discussion with film director Jonathan Durand, collegue of the Institute of History dr. Tomas Balkelis and Prof. Violeta Davoliūte from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University.

From 1942 to 1952, more than 18,000 Polish Catholic and Jewish women and children were deported from Soviet-occupied Eastern Poland to Siberia, surviving an epic odyssey via Kazakhstan and Iran to refugee camps across East Africa.“Memory is Our Homeland” is a documentary about this forgotten odyssey and why their history was erased, told through the filmmaker's attempt to piece together his family connection to it.
 
Before the film was screened, Canadian director Jonathan Durand together with the Ambassador of Canada Kevin Michael Ernest Rex toured the Museum's exhibit at the Tolerance Center.
 
The screening is organised by the Africa research and consultancy centre AfriKo, together with Embassy of Canada and Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum.
 
Photo credit: Paulius Račiūnas.
 
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