Vishnyeva, Belarus – The modest rural childhood home of President Shimon Peres, located in Vishnyeva, just outside of Minsk, was honored as a historical landmark Thursday, in the first of what will be many celebrations honoring Peres’ 90th birthday, officially beginning on August 2.
The plaque placed by the front-door of the small home read: “In this place, Shimon Peres, son of Yitzhak and Sarah Perski, the Nobel Laureate and 9th President of the State of Israel, was born on August 2, 1923.”
“We are here to honor a great man,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler, who arranged the event in collaboration with the Government of Belarus. “We can all be humbled that this amazing man came from such a small place – and drank from this well’s water – and went on to true greatness.”
Indeed, directly adjacent to the house, Chesler pointed to the original water well which Peres often reminisces about in interviews, discussing how delicious the water was and how its taste remains with him to this day.