Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week launched the virtual exhibit marking the centenary of Begin’s birth.
Through the Menachem Begin Heritage Center’s collection of photographs and video clips, the exhibit tells Begin’s life story, starting with his birth in Poland, through his activities in the Betar movement, his imprisonment by the Soviets…
- Source: KGB archives via Wikipedia
….on through his arrival in the Land of Israel, his time in hiding before the establishment of the State…
- Source: Jabotinsky Institute collection, the National Photo Collectdion, State of Israel via Wikipedia
…and the key roles he played in Israeli politics – in the opposition, as a minister and as Prime Minister.
At the launch ceremony, Begin Center Chairman Makov showed Netanyahu photographs of the signing of the peace agreement with Egypt as well as the peace agreement itself, signed by Prime Minister Begin, US President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat,
Netanyahu said, “Menachem Begin taught us that peace is made and upheld only with the strong. There is much to learn from this splendid exhibit about this exemplary personality. Here one may surf our collective memory which is composed of the great spirit and the great deeds of great people.”
- Source: U.S. News and World Report collection, the US Library of Congress via Wikipedia
Google Israel Research and Development Director Yossi Matias said, “The internet has led to the democratization of the arts, history and heritage, and is able to help preserve important material for the future such as documents, photographs and letters, which over time might be forgotten and could disappear.
“Via the Google Cultural Institute, we are pleased to provide the technology through which the people at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center will be able to upload archival material and, from the physical exhibit, provide background documentation and context, and render it accessible to people around the world.”
Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat said, “Begin led a political-social revolution in Israel, and Google is leading an information technology revolution. Today we link the two so that Begin’s life and deeds will be accessible to all at the click of a mouse.”
- Source: US Department of Defense, via Wikipedia