in 1988 a delegation from Israel
led by TAL veteran Tuvia Drory
( eldest participant of the Journey )
went back to the then USSR
and visited the now Ukrainian fields.
the same year
a thorough book about TAL
"the tree and its roots"
was published by TAL-House
during the following decades
another 2 visits to the towns
in 1992 and again in 2001
were organised by TAL-House
for its members.
all they could see there
were 4 monuments and a forest.
in 2002 an acclaimed new novel
" Everything Is Illuminated "
by the then unknown American author
Jonathan Safran Foer
which depicted the small community
( which is called "Trachimbrod" in the book )
has made the towns unexpectedly famous
all over the world
due to its numerous translations.
and even more so in 2005
when the book was made into a film
by director Liev Schreiber
starring Hollywood star Elijah Wood .
and Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hutz
supported as well by many others.
in the summer of 2006
more than half a century
after the demise of the towns
the Journey to TAL
organised by Yehuda Dotan
son of former TAL resident
a meeting in the 1960 of members of Tal - House , Israel.