On March 25, Professor Ilya Altman representing the Russian Holocaust Center and also Yad Vashem where he conducts his postdoctoral project was a keynote speaker at the international conference on the history of Second World War and the Holocaust that opened in Toronto. Professor Altman’s presentation, “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Unknown Pages,” was the Annual Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Lecture in Holocaust Studies attended by more than 150 people. It opened an international conference “Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II” attended by scholars from Israel, Germany, Canada, and Russia (among them Dr. Gennadi Kostyrchenko, member of the Board of the Russian Holocaust Center).In the evening of March 25, the University of Toronto organized a reception to honor its guest. He was greeted by the organizer of the annual lecture Mrs. Rose Wolf and the conference organizer professor Doris Bergen. In the past, such lectures were delivered by such prominent Holocaust scholars as Professor Dan Michman (Israel) and Professor Omer Bartov (USA).
Ilya Altman conducted negotiations on cooperation with the heads of Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto with an emphasis on participation in international scholarly contests and educational programs. Ilya Altman emphasized that “Starting from 2013, Canada will assume the Chairmanship of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research and it is of primary importance for us to cooperate with this country”. He mentioned a perfect organization of the conference. On the eve of the conference, a local newspaper in Russian published a big article on the activities of Russian Holocaust Center and its scholarly publications.