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Jews with weapons against the Nazis during the Second World War

28th May   
The Museum of Jewish military tradition, "The energy of courage" (city of Hadera, Israel) hosted the fourth International historical reading of the memoires of the  military historian FD Sverdlov, organized  by the museum and the Holocaust Center
In his opening remarks, the head of the museum  David Zel'venskii noted that the conference in memory of the scientist became a tradition for  discussing important issues of preserving the historical memory of World War II, the Holocaust and Jewish heroism.
Staging ad "Yad Vashem" Ilya Altman  reported on his findings in the archives, urging veterans and former prisoners  from ghettos and concentration camps to take part in publishing projects, in particular, in the  preparations of the next edition of the letters and documents, "Keep my letters ...". This was supported by  a moving speech  of the  head of the museum fund, Nadeshda Koryagina, who informed about new acquisitions, mentioning in particular the letters by one of the heroic defenders of  the Brest Fortress, the fallen Jewish soldier Meir Elkin, written on the eve of the Nazi invasion.
A volunteer of the museum, Julius Lyubotsky wo served during the war in the rear devoted his speech to Jewish soldiers  of the”Tashkent front," proving conclusively that the majority of evacuees and refugees from the Nazis, while in the Soviet rear and in particular, in Tashkent,  forged the victory by supplying weapons to the front.
Prof. Leonid Tsilevich, a war veteran who suffered under the blocade of Leningrad, urged veterans to make greater use of scientific and educational work with youth literature about the war, the Holocaust and heroism.   Prof. Aleksandr Buro, consultant of the museum turned the attention to new technologies as  the Internet and multimedia presentations, and their role in highlighting  this perspective , which are already applied in the online project  of the Holocaus tCenter  as stated by Ilja Altman.
The representative of the Moscow  Holocaust  Center  in Israel, G. Reikhmann stressed the need to preserve such  important materials  as print media, which reflects the processes related with the formation of a collective memory of veterans and transfer it to younger generations.
After the readings Ilya Altman had a long conversation with one of the liberators of Auschwitz  Moses Malkisom, into whose memory  were  burned the first few minutes after the arrival of Soviet soldiers and their reaction to the atrocities of the Nazis.

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