On the 11th of November, 2004 the Gratitude
Fund organized a Reunion of Soviet Dissidents and friends in New York. The
Reunion was held at the American Jewish Committee Center, in Manhattan -
one more evidence of the strong links between the Jewish and the Soviet
Dissident communities - and was attended by many prominent members of
the Soviet Dissident movement, their families and friends. It was a happy,
warm occasion, with plenty of food and drink, whose only sad moment was when
the President of the Gratitude Fund, Yuri Fedorov, and Julia Zaks read the
long list of our fallen comrades. Not an eye remained dry in
the room. May the memory of our heros live forever.
On a much happier note, we had the
opportunity to honor and celebrate the life and magnificent achievements
of our dear friends Alexander Yessenin-Volpin and Yuri Orlov. Both were present
to receive their accolades and to hear the glowing praise of Vladimir
Bukovsky, Eduard Kuznetsov, Yuri Yarim-Agaev.
And, to remind us all that
the struggle for Human Rights never ends, Tatiana Yankelevich read
a letter by Elena Boner, her mother, calling our attention to the
increasingly worsening conditions of Human Rights, in Russia.
Photographs of the Reunion 2004
Articles on the Reunion 2004
Message by Natan (Anatoly)