Museum of Sholem Aleichem
On March 2, 2009 in Kyiv was opened new Museum on V. Vasylkivska str. (former Krasnoarmeyskaya), dedicated to 150-year anniversary of Sholem Aleichem. It’s the first state Museum on the territory of Ukraine exposition of which is dedicated not only to works of this outstanding Jewish author, poet, playwright, publicist but also to substantial and spiritual culture of East European Jews. In the exposition you can see on the screen materials dedicated to Jewish architecture of Ukraine, unique art of Jewish stonecutters (tombstones – matzevas), fragments of the films based on the works of Sholem Aleichem, antique Jewish books; one can have a closer look on «Beilis affair» (trial, which captured the attention not only of Russian, but of European society of the beginning of XX century).
The creation of Sholem Aleichem’s Museum in Kyiv is an event everybody has expected for a long time. A lot of visitors wonder at the location of the Museum. Museum is situated at the shopping moll «Arena-City». Museums are not supposed to locate at such places. But nevertheless such decision is justified. Less than ten years ago, right on this place was situated a house which was built in the middle of XIX century by famous Kyiv architect Vladimir Nikolaev. It was usual for that time tenement building. The most outstanding event in the history of that building was that during several years here lived classic of Jewish literature – Sholem Aleichem. It was known from the historical background made by Mikhail Kalnitskiy – Kyiv history discoverer, that after the author moved to another apartment, he continued to visit house №5 on Vasilkovskaya str.
In the apartment on Velyka Vasylkivska str. he lived from 1896 till the middle of 1903 (he left this house between April and August of 1903). This was the best time of his literature career. Here he wrote “Menahem-Mendl”, “In A Little World of Little People”, “New Krasylovka” (“The whole Berdychev”), some novel from “Tevye the Milkman” and dozens or even hundreds of short novels.
At the exposition hall there is a little stage for the concerts and performances. At the Museum take place conferences and seminars. The doors of the Museum are wide open for the visitors!