It is sad that the youth of today know so little about the “heroic story” of the exodus of Soviet Jewry, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said at a special ceremony in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall on Monday.
The event marking 25 years since “the opening of the gates” in the former Soviet Union was attended by some 350 people, many of them former refuseniks. It featured speeches from former Prisoners of Zion, including Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Edelstein, as well as Absorption Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Limmud FSU international steering committee chairman Matthew Bronfman.
“I see great importance in commemorating the struggle to Let My People Go,” Edelstein said, paying tribute to the heroes of the Soviet Jewry movement. “The younger generation has no idea what happened behind the Iron Curtain, and that’s why it is important to have such an event.”