The co-chairman of the Center "Holocaust" Ilya Altman took part in the Russian-German scientific conference "Remembering dictatorship and war: Focal points of the historical memory in Russia and Germany after 1945" held at the Institute of Contemporary History (Munich) within the framework of the “Russian-German Year of Education, Research and Innovation”. The conference, whose first part was held in March in Moscow, was attended by renowned historians from both countries and from Austria and Switzerland. The Russian delegation was headed by the Director of the Institute of World History in the Academy of Sciences, Alexander Chubarian. Prof. Altman’s lecture on "The historical memory of the Holocaust in Russia" opened the first plenary session of the conference.The theme Holocaust was also presented in the lecture of Dr. Arkady Tsfasman (Germany), reporting about the memories of Jewish emigrees from the former Sovier Union who were children during the national-socialist occupation.
The main focus of the conference was put on problems of individual and collective memory of the war, the politics of memory , movies and memorials for the victims of the two dictatorships.
Particular attention raised the contributions by Elena Zubkova (Institute of Russian History , Russian Academy of Science) on the memoralization of war in the post war Soviet society: by Irina Shcherbakova (Memorial) on the memory of Stalinist terror and by Alexander Vatlin (Lomonossov University) on memoralization of the victims of the NKVD firing rangeButuvo (place of mass shooting in 1937 and 1938).
At the occasion of the conference Ilya Altman negotiated prospects for cooperation with his German colleagues (Dr. Juergen Zarusski and Professor Horst Mueller) ,and also with the leading staff of the Institute of World History(Russian Academy of Science) who expressed their interest in joint projects on research and teaching about the Holocaust in Russia.