In mid-February, the Russian Jewish Congress (REK) invited the leaders of Jewish communities in Russia to take part in a new project which was also supported by the Congress of FEOR on 13 February: on 15 and 17 February the Co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, Ilya Altman, negotiated in Yaroslavl and Kostroma with the leaders of Jewish organizations.
Among the first registered participants was the local religious organization of Orthodox Judaism, "Jewish Community of Smolensk", headed by Zinovi Agranat (FEOR) author of the book "Remember... and never forget," published in 2001. The book which was presented in September comprises the names of at least 800 out of the 3,000 Jews of Smolensk who became victims of Nazism. Leonid Terushkin, head of archives of the Holocaust Center stated: "We succeeded in making a number of materials contained in the Moscow archives better accessible. The Holocaust Foundation and Center produced the “ Encyclopedia of the Holocaust “, where to the Holocaust in the city, the ghetto and the region of Smolensk was paid much attention. "
On 1 March in Pskov a meeting of the regional representatives of the Holocaust Center Tatyana Pasman and head of the Pskov Jewish Charity Center "Chessed Yitzhak" Bella Litvak took place, where they decided also to join the project . They will start working on 25 March with a presentation of Mafzir’s film and a lecture on "The Holocaust in the Pskov region". On the agenda will be the formation of working groups and the discussion about the possibilities to find non Jewish Holocaust witnesses in Pskov, remembering the names of victims. Though the project has yet started it can count on active participation by students and teachers from the Pskov region who already for many years did research in this field.
One result of the research carried out by students r from Opotchka, O. Grigoryeva and M. Vasilyevan was awarding the title of a “Righteous Among the Nations” to two citizens of Opotchka - Evgenya Ivanova and her father, Ivan Efimovich.
Members of the section of ethnography and oral history “Origins” of the Pskov region discovered during a comprehensive exploration the history of the Holocaust in the Sebezh district ,finding new, previously unknown names of Holocaust victims: J. Schneidman, S. Fish (Sebezh), E. Igdalovoy (Nevel). The last name was revealed recently by the student S. Kokareva and handed over to Yad Vashem.