Famous Israeli Author Amos Oz Discovers ‘Powerful Message’ at Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem

One would think that a world famous author, who had taken part in the story of the founding of the State of Israel since the day he was born, would find little to learn or to excite him in a museum dealing with aspects of that story.

But for Amos Oz, whose novels have been read by millions of people around the world, a visit to the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem’s historic Nachlat Shiva neighborhood of Jerusalem, was anything but mundane.,

Oz’s highly praised books have been translated into over 42 languages =- more than any other Israeli author. Last year, Natalie Portman directed and starred in a feature film based on his semi-autobiographical novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

Oz was at the Friends of Zion Museum to deliver a lecture to top-ranking Defense Ministry officials. But before his lecture, Oz took the opportunity to join a guided tour of the museum’s vivid exhibits presenting the rich history of non-Jews, who over the last 200 years, have risked their reputations and fortunes — at times even their very lives — to stand by the Jewish people and support the Zionist dream of creating  the State of Israel.

Oz was highly impressed by the exhibits, presented using some of the most advanced museum technology in the world, including three-dimensional projection mapping on unique sculptures and complex animations that bring live-action video footage into a painted media.

In the galleries one “meets” Friends of Zion such as US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US presidents’ ancestor Prof. George W. Bush, Orde Wingate, and righteous gentiles such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and the Ten Boom family, who risked their lives to save Jews persecuted throughout the world.

For Oz, it was a completely new way of experiencing the story of the founding of the State of Israel.  He found the museum to be “a wonderful idea” with “an important message.” It is, he said, “powerful, very powerful.”

Oz added, “I think that this museum is the future, and kids will all want to see museums in this way.”