Israeli researcher Shimon Lev smiles as he recalls receiving an invitation to the unveiling of what has been called “a monument of friendship” between Mahatma Gandhi and his Jewish friend Hermann Kallenbach, in Lithuania on October 2.

Lev, who is completing his doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on perceptions of India in the Jewish world, is the author of a book about the special relationship between the two men, called Soulmates: The Story of Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach.

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