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Alumni Spotlight : Viktoria Kanar

“When I meet new people that ask me about my origins I always say that I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore. Since I have lived and worked in at least five other countries, it is hard for most people to guess right away that that country is the former Soviet Union”.

Viktoria Kanar was born in Moscow into a Jewish family that neither denied nor lived their Judaism in a practical way, which nonetheless might still ​have been more than the fate of many other Soviet Jews.

In the late 80’s, once freedom started somewhat coming about, Viktoria was taken to Moscow’s main synagogue on Archipova St. and then, in 1989 enrolled into the first makeshift Jewish school to be opened after the war. This is when her love affair with the Jewish people and Israel began.


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