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Photo Exhibit of Rabin Shows Humane Side of Slain Premier

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A photo exhibit commemorating the life of Yitzhak Rabin opened last week at the historic Prague Castle.

Czech President Vaclav Havel joined the late prime minister’s window at the May 14 opening. Rabin was assassinated at a Tel Aviv peace rally Nov.4.

Leach Rabin praise the 200-photo exhibit, called “Yitzhak Rabin 1922-1995,” for portraying the slain leader as a human being.

“For the wrong reasons, my husband was portrayed as warrior only, a man of power who believed in power alone,” she said. “This exhibit illustrates the wrongness of that perception. It illustrates that he had enormous love for his family and for the people of Israel.”

She added that her husband “dreamt of peace during his years as a soldier.”

Have lauded the exhibit, which includes photographs of Rabin playing tennis, eating a watermelon at an open-air market and walking, in combat fatigues, with David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, as a tribute to “a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace in the Middle East.”

The exhibit, which is being held here under the auspices of the Czech and Israeli foreign ministries and the Patriae Foundation, will leave the Czech capital June 9.

Prague is he exhibit’s first stop on a world tour.

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