The SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE exhibition 'People, Book, Land; The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land' was authored by the late Professor Robert Wistrich of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Its 24 panels display the Jewish narrative:
- from the Biblical Prophets to the Kingdom of David and Solomon, the Babylonian and Persian exiles and the return to rebuild Jerusalem to the destruction of its second Temple,
- the Roman occupation of Judea to the birth of Christianity the Crusades to the Muslim conquest,
- from the Diaspora to the pioneers bent upon redeeming the Land, from diplomacy for recognition of a modern Jewish nation in construction, to the near annihilation of European Jewry in the Shoah, until the establishment of the State of Israel as the Third Jewish Commonwealth and the return of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland.
In June 2014, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre launched its exhibition “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Since then, it was displayed at the United Nations in New York, the US Congress in Washington D.C., the Knesset in Jerusalem, the Vatican in Rome, the Copenhagen Town Hall, at the Perjanicki dom in Podgorica, at the Gandhi Centre in New Delhi and, this year, at the House of Commons in London, as well as in Buenos Aires and in Santiago de Chile.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre is an international Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1977, the Centre draws the lessons of the Holocaust to the analysis of contemporary issues of intolerance.
The Centre is a UNESCO NGO ASSOCIATED Partner and is accredited TO several other international organizations including the United Nations, OSCE, Organization of American States (OAS), the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Council of Europe.
We are grateful to the Simon Weisenthal Centre for their generous provision of the Exhibition and support in bringing it to Edinburgh