A Unique Exhibition Opens in the Minsk City History Museum

On January 25 an exhibition of photos by well–known Belarusian photographer Anatoly Kleschuk “My Righteous” opened in the Minsk City History Museum. The exhibition of 58 black and white photos is exploring the theme of Belarusians who risked their lives and their families to rescue Jews during the Holocaust on Belarusian territory.

On January 25 an exhibition of photos by well–known Belarusian photographer Anatoly Kleschuk “My Righteous” opened in the Minsk City History Museum. The exhibition of 58 black and white photos is exploring the theme of Belarusians who risked their lives and their families to rescue Jews during the Holocaust on Belarusian territory.

The exhibition organized on the UN Office in Belarus initiative is dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution  on 1 November 2005

The opening ceremony was attended by Victor Radivinovski, DPI Officer–in–Charge, Josef Shagal, Ambassador of Israel to Belarus, and photographer Anatoly Kleschuk. The son of Maria Moiseenko, who helped to save Jews during the WWII, was awarded with a Medal and a Certificate conferring the title of the Righteous among the Nations.

Speaking at the ceremony the DPI Officer–in–Charge Victor Radivinovski said: “The exhibition "My righteous" reflects the theme of ordinary, modest Belarusians, who did not consider themselves as heroes but thanks to the personal courage of whom a significant number of 30,000 Belarusian Jews survived during the World War II”.

During World War II in Belarus the Nazis killed more than 800,000 Jews. The Minsk Ghetto, the largest in Eastern Europe, housed close to 100,000 Jews, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.

As of 1 January 2012 the title Righteous among the Nations was awarded to 569 Belarusians (8th nation in the world), whereas a total of 24,356 people in the world got this title.