On Wednesday, officials of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation commemorated the 100th birthday of the late Israeli president Shimon Peres by taking part in the dedication of a monument in Vishneva, Belarus, the city in which the Nobel winner was born.
The ceremony was the first of several activities that would be held beside the Peres Center during the following year.
The monument, which is located in the courtyard of the home where Shimon Peres was born, has inscriptions in three different languages to represent the impact of his life’s work on people all over the world.
Peres was born Szymon Perski on August 2, 1923, to Yitzhak and Sara Perski. Peres passed away in 2016.
He served important positions in Israeli politics throughout his life, including two terms as prime minister and then eight years as president from 2007 to 2014.
A collaborative effort involving the Jewish communities in Belarus, the Israeli Embassy in Minsk, and the backing and involvement of the Governor of the Minsk Region allowed for the building of a memorial near the location of Peres’s birth.
The unveiling was attended by ambassadors from numerous nations as well as Rabbi Shaul Chababo, the representative of Chabad in Bobruisk.
Peres played a key role in bolstering Israel’s military and security earlier and was vital in helping to create the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians.