Today we had an emotional and exciting meeting with Tal Gur and his parents Rachel and Mel Gur. The meeting was in Prienai Public library. Tal presented his performance "Mind Crossing" based on the real life story of his maternal grandparents. Rachel's mother and father are from Lithuania, during the Holocaust they were sent to Kaunas ghetto and then to different concentrationcamps. Despite very tragic losses they managed to reunate and start their family life anew in the state of Israel.
I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to meet a live part of microhistory depicted through Centropa's film: "Three promises", that I used in my school project last year.
As we walked through the Jewish cemetery, is a very moving and powerful thing. As a group, we saw graves that were small and understated and others that were large and prominent that showed the person's wealth and social standing in the community. What was most curious to me was not the birth and death dates but the dash in between.
Nostalgic old sinagoge!
Yesterday tour of Jewish Belgrade was inspiring and emotional. The most emotional part was site of Gospodar Jovanova where Kalef's lived and where their family met their tragic faith.
Don't be surprised if one of these women sticks a camera in your face and starts asking you questions! The questions are easy but you need to start planning how you handle being a star of their CSA video!
Since the first world decided to identify religious with national identity, people are suffering.
Stumbling on historically information.
Today we toured the Jewish district with a very good guide.He was both professional and sensitive. Being at a playground where the marketplace was with no sign or anything else to remember.We discussed if there is a "right" way to remember.
Also the visit at the big synagogue was enlightning.An organ at a synagogue! Made me wonder about the different kinds of ways to be a community,what is acceptable or not...How those dicisions influence people,whether they bring them together or drive them away...
Stumbling on something historically interesting!