The Israeli edition Israel Hayom reports that tonight Yossi Levy, the Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania, will take part in the remembrance evening of Moyshe Kulbak, the Belarusian poet and playwright of Jewish origin, which is organized by the office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
This is the first time an Israeli official will attend an event organized by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya‘s office. The event itself will take place in Vilnius, not far from the house where the poet lived.
According to the publication, the Ambassador’s invitation to the remembrance evening testifies to the intensification of the efforts of the Belarusian democratic forces to rapprochement with Jerusalem, as well as to a change in attitude, albeit insignificant, Israel will pay more attention to the Belarusian society, and not only to the official Minsk.
«We want to build a healthy relationship with Israel based on mutual respect», – Valery Kovalevsky, Tsikhanouskaya’s spokesman, told the publication.
Yossi Levy, the Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania, at the meeting with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, December, 2020 / Photo: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's office
«This is an apolitical meeting in memory of the poet Moyshe Kulbak, Lithuania native, who died in the 1930s. The ambassador was invited to the remembrance evening together with other guests», – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the publication [It’s probably about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, — ed. motolko.help].
Moyshe Kulbak is a poet, novelist, playwright of Jewish origin, who was born in Smorgon in 1896. He is considered as one of the fathers of modern Yiddish literature. Since 1928, Kulbak lived in Minsk, worked for the Jewish sector of the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR, at the editorial office of the «Stern» magazine, published in Yiddish. In September 1937, he was arrested and accused of espionage and preparation of sabotage. On October 29, 1937, Moyshe Kulbak was executed during a wave of Stalinist purges along with 131 other cultural and literary figures.