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First results of the 2012 project group "Restoring dignity”

28 February 2012
The first working group meeting took place in the framework of the Christian-Jewish dialogue in the Memorial Synagogue at the Poklonnaya hill. The chairman of the Eben-Ezer Fund in Russia, Yuri Vasyukov, presented the research results on the memorialization of the Holocaust in Russia  carried out by Protestant organizations in Russia
With regard to the erection of the monument in Lubavitch he stresses the success of education programs, which are carried out jointly with the Museum and Holocaust Centre  including a stay of a group of Protestant teachers in Yad Vashem.
One of the most important tasks to be he expected the Russian Protestants’  participation in the construction of Holocaust memorials in Russia, the expansion of international cooperation and the continuation of educational projects.
In this context, the project of installing plaques at the grave sites was presented, followed by a discussion how to involve young people in the project. Ilya Altman who advises the REK on issues of the Holocaust, outlined the coming tasks for 2012: The establishment of an "Avenue of the Righteous" in Lubavitch, the organization of commemorative events in Smolensk and Rostov and  the erection of a memorial of the executions in Mineralnye Vody, later a clip of  a new documentary film on this subject were shown.
The director of the museum fund, Natalia Anisina reported on a new distance learning project for Russian Protestants, which is realized together with the Holocaust Center
The meeting was attended by staff members of the Museum and the Holocaust Center and representatives of the main Protestant churches in Moscow and Petersburg, the “Association of former Ghetto Prisoners and War Veterans.

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