TA exhibit highlights last rural Georgian Jews

Story of Kakiashvilis common among Georgian Jewish Diaspora: Proud of their past, but the future lies elsewhere.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
March 28, 2012 22:30
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Mikhail Kakiashvili, last native member of Oni

Mikhail Kakiashvili, last native member of Oni, Georgia_370 . (photo credit: Eliezer Yaari )

 
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A group of people gathered around an enlarged photograph at the launch of a new photo exhibit at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People on Tuesday.

The portrait showed an elderly man wearing a blue shirt and a dark cap standing guard over the old Jewish cemetery in the small Georgian town of Oni.

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Wild growth obscured most of the tombstones on the ground and the snow-capped Caucasus mountains were seen glistening in the distance.

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