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UNESCO Honours Russian Holocaust Essay Laureates

 Paris, 8 July 2009 
 UNESCO, together with the French educational foundation Verbe et Lumière  – Vigilance (VetL), co-sponsored the Fifth Annual Russian University Holocaust Essay Competition at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. 
 The winners are, each year, invited to Paris to present their papers.  This year, over 700 submissions arrived from all over the former Soviet Union, to be judged by the competition coordinator, the Russian  Holocaust Centre (RHC) in Moscow.  The session was co-chaired by RHC Director, Dr Ilya Altman, and, on behalf of VetL, Dr Shimon Samuels.  UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, spoke of the 2007 Resolution  61 as the basis for the Organization's global promotion of Holocaust  education. He committed UNESCO's continued support under future  administrations.  War criminal investigator, Beate Klarsfeld, responded with a description  of her German childhood visit to 1943 Nazi-occupied Poland, as formative
 in her career, adding the importance of transmission of such memories  with the endorsement of UNESCO.  The student laureates presented abstracts of their work: 
 -Yekaterina Zamarina, a blind student at Sillamae University, Estonia,  Institute of Economics and Management, on "The History of the Holocaust  in Estonia";
 - Anna Mitrushina, of St. Petersburg Herzen University, Faculty of
 Social Sciences, on "Teaching the Holocaust in Russian High Schools"
 - Alena Samsonova, of Gubkin University of Oil and Gas, Faculty of
 Engineering Mechanics, on "Holocaust Denial in Russia"  - Bella Khayzens, of Nizhny Novgorod Linguistic University, on  "Holocaut Semiotics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
 Photo 1 – Pictured at the ceremony are, from left to right:  Front row: Dr Graciela Vaserman Samuels (UNESCO), Director-General  Koichiro Matsuura, Beate Klarsfeld.  Back row: The four Russian laureates, Dr Ilya Altman, Alexander Kaplan,
 Dr Shimon Samuels, UNESCO Education Director Dr Quian Tang, Simon  Kaplan, Anna Kaplan. Present but not visible were Tania Klarsfeld and Dr  Eliane Corrin;
 Photo 2 – The Russian edition of the book, "Antisemitism – The Generic  Hatred. Essays in Memory of Simon Wiesenthal", was given to US  Delegation member, Esther Coopersmith, for First Lady Michele Obama.  Also in the picture: US Charge at UNESCO Stephen Engelken, Dr Graciela  Vaserman Samuels, Dr Shimon Samuels

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