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Visit to Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre

January 29, 2018, Moscow

Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Russia on a short working visit, visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre.

Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu toured the exhibition, Sobibor: Those Who Defeated Death, dedicated to the only successful uprising of prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp in the history of World War II at Sobibor in 1943, organised by Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky (1909–1990).

The leaders of Russia and Israel were shown a plan of the Nazi-built camp for Jews and prisoners of war, which was drawn based on descriptions by the surviving prisoners. One of the exhibition stands recounts in detail the timeline of the events of October 1943, when 420 people managed to escape capture, as well as the fate of those who didn’t make it. The exposition has Alexander Pechersky’s manuscript and personal belongings on display.

Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu watched a documentary about Sobibor and an interview with the son of one of the surviving participants of the uprising.

In addition, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia Alexander Boroda and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre Viktor Vekselberg told the President about the future memorial in honour of Resistance heroes in Nazi concentration camps and Jewish ghettos. The ceremony for laying the first stone took place on the museum grounds earlier today.

January 29, 2018, Moscow