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The Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center and the Holocaust Foundation
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No. 55 January 2012.Note from the Editor. In this issue we present various aspects of teaching and studying of the Holocaust in Russia. The year culminated in the inclusion of Holocaust in State examination on history. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, teachers and schoolchildren representing more than eighty percent of the country’s regions participated in the scholarly contest on Holocaust. Our Center participated in more than 10 seminars supported by the grants of the President of Russian Federation and Claims Conference: they were conducted from the Far East and Siberia to Baltic Sea. Supported by local authorities many cities hosted events that commemorated 70 years from the beginning of the Holocaust on the territory of the Russian Federation. Supported by the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research, the Center conducted international conference on Holocaust memorialization in St. Petersburg.
Representatives of various confessions and ethnic communities took active part in erecting monuments and were engaged in educational programs. International Holocaust Memorial Day was widely commemorated in Russia (although not at the official level). Traditional ceremony took place on January 27 at the Central House of Writers; it brought together more than 500 Russian public figures.
Such memorial evenings held all over Russian with the Center’s support, are the most visible sign of public commemoration of Holocaust in Russia. Yet, they cannot and should not substitute recognition of the Holocaust by Russian state as Russian national memorial day (The Russian Holocaust Center proposes to include in this day also the recognition of the role of the red Army in the rescue of Jews). In 2011, national Holocaust day was introduced in Ukraine. Unfortunately, for various reasons Russian state refrain from making such a step.
We would like to highlight one case widely covered by world media. It does not allow us to think that Russian officialdom internalized the Holocaust uniqueness and universality: in November 2011, memorial plaque carrying the text on Holocaust victims was removed in Rostov-on-Don.…
Now we conduct active preparation to mark 70 years from the tragedy in this city. International scholarly conference and educational seminar, alongside a set of memorial actions scheduled to be held in the city in August 2012 will make it possible for Russia to view Holocaust concerned as a part of its own history. 
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