Ukraine. An opera "Moses" by I.Franko's title poem was staged in the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theatre. The performance was presented by the Lvov Opera House, and set to music of Myroslav Skorik, People's artist of Ukraine. More than 200 actors, who take part in the play, go on tour to Vienna, Warsaw and Rome from Kiev. In May 2002 the play will be staged in Tel-Aviv.
Russia. The exhibition "Russian Jews of the XX century", has been recently opened in Moscow. It is dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Jewish journalism in Russia. All photographs are exhibited without captions, but are diluted with quotations from Marshak, Bunin, Korzhavin and other authors. The exhibition also presents a great number of Jewish magazines and newspapers. Among them one can find such rarities as "Jewish Worker" and "Jewish Peasant" edited in 1919. Jewish household goods are also displayed.
Russia. A republican congress of the Jewish national and culture Komi autonomy took place in Syktyvkar. It was attended by more than 70 participants from different cities and regions. At the same time a Jewish Cultural Center was also opened in the city.
"Ideas of preserving and developing Jewish culture born here will become the common property of all the republic", - said Svetlana Terentyeva, Minister of Ethnic Affairs of the Komi Republic, at the opening ceremony. Premises for the Jewish Cultural Center were granted by the Syktyvkar administration.
Russia. The Omsk chamber orchestra held a Jewish music evening "Violinist on the Roof" on November 26. Its program included compositions of S.Prokofyev "Overture on Jewish Topics", E.Bloh "Improvisation", I.Kheyfets (a former Omsk native, living in Israel) "Prelude and Scherzo in Ancient Jewish Style" dedicated to the Omsk chamber orchestra, G.Khabensky "Fantasies and a Piece on Topics of Jewish Melodies", G.Bok "Violinist on the Roof".
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Russia. Uriy Volkov, member of the chair of philosophy of the Kaliningrad State University, made a Russian translation of the documentary work, which became a bestseller in Germany.
Mikhael Vik, son of famous Konigsberg musicians (a Jew and a German), was a violinist. His book "Evidence of Konigsberg Fall: testimony of an "important Jew" ran through several editions in the FRG.
In childhood Mikhael was a witness of the establishment, triumph and collapse of Nazism in the main city of Eastern Prussia. In 1948 he moved to Germany, and now lives in Stutgart.
Recently his book was published in Poland. The publishing house of the regional community fund "Shofar" in Kaliningrad is planning to publish the book in Russian.