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Ukraine will survive

By Laura Mincer*

Mojsej Abramovyč Fišbejn (1946-2020) is considered among the most important Jewish Ukrainians poets. In 1970, as a dissident, he was forced to exile by the soviets and until 2003 he lived in Israel and Germany but continued to write almost exclusively in Ukrainian.
In 2003, he came back to Ukraine and took a passionate and active part in the Orange Revolution of the following year and Majdan Uprising. In that period, he wrote: “Ukraine was given from God, and it is chosen by God. And it will survive because God wants it to survive. I do not know why this knowledge was given to me, a Jew. But I know it. Amen”.

* Historian of Poland, University of Genoa