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DEDICATED TO THE BLESSED MEMORY OF MORIS SIMASHKO

  Moris Davydovich Simashko - a very talented writer and an outstanding scientist-orientalist was very famous in Kazakhstan, he devoted many years of his life to this country.

  In 2000 he moved to Israel, he promised to come back but did not have time to do that. He suddenly deceased in December that year.

  On 20 March his friends, representatives of Israeli Embassy, Sokhnut, pen-club and readers of the library gathered to stand in memory of Moris Simashko who could celebrate his 77 birthday on 18 March.

  The books written by Moris Simashko were exhibited on a large bookshelf in the library. They are very popular among the readers.

  In Hesed Polina there were candles lighted in front of the portrait of the writer and was a basket of fresh spring flowers. The memorial meeting started with the documentary filmed by Eduard Medvedkin. Everybody could see Simashko on the screen and could hear his moving speech.

  The President of Mitsva Association Alexander Baron made opening speech and after it the friends and admirers of the talent of Moris Simashko began to share their impressions about meetings with the writer with each other. Leonid Girsh read a poem dedicated to he memory of Moris Simashko. Murat Auezov, Anatoliy Khovin, Yevgeniya Plotnikova, Eduard Medvedkin and many others were talking about an outstanding personality of Moris Simashko, about his books on history, culture and social movements on the East. They remembered his autobiographical in many respects novel "Gu-Ga" dedicated to scantily explored by the Soviet history theme - penal battalions (the film studio in Odessa shot a movie on it).

Eduard Medvedkin, the Director of the documentary about Moris Simashko
Eduard Medvedkin, the Director of the documentary about Moris Simashko
  A story being told by a friend
A story being told by a friend
  The audience at the meeting
The audience at the meeting
  Murat Auezov is telling about his meetings with the writer
Murat Auezov is telling about his meetings with the writer
Photos by Vladimir Semchuk
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