«Jewish Observer»
April 2002
5762 Iyar

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The leadership of secondary school N33 in Dnepropetrovsk has decided to fill a blank space on the map of Ukraine and to create the museum of a famous sculptor of the XX centuries Vadim Sidour who studied in this school.

Unfortunately, neither his native place Dnepropetrovsk, nor Ukraine on the whole have seen painter's exhibitions: his sculptures and graphics have never been exhibited in our country.

Teachers and pupils began restoring the memory of their eminent countryman with a plaque on the school's wall. They hope that soon their museum will have original works by Sidour.

Though, not only the regional center may claim its rights for the room-museum of Sidour but a small village of Latovka not far from Krivoy Rog as well. Here lives a woman thanks to whom a young lieutenant Sidour got his second life in 1943. "He was unable even to speak - recalls Alexandra Tolkachova - a shell had crushed his lower jaw. He asked me for a pencil and wrote "Vadim Sidour" on the paper. I learned his name in this way. I fed milk to Vadim with the help of a hot-water bottle, my mother helped me to cut the last hens to cook a broth. He survived but his fellow failed to.

The artist sent her invitations for his exhibitions but they didn't happen to meet after his departure to America. The wife and children of the sculptor do not forget about "Sidour's Madonna", write letters to her.

"Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine"


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