January 28. Moscow. Memorial evening devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It was held on January 27 in the Great Hall of the Central House of Writers.
A former intelligence officer, Yuri Rivas-Korobkov, one of the first to enter the camp in the 60th Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front, shared his memories in a unique film “Documents of the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.” A fragment from a new documentary film by Galina Yevtushenko, "Dodik," (about ghetto and partisan Semyon Dodik) was also shown. The hero of the film was present. The evening was also attended by the president of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berl Lazar, research director of the Higher School of Economics, Yevgeny Yasin, and the German, Israeli, and U.S. Ambassadors to Russia.
Israeli Ambassador Dorit Golender awarded medals of Righteous among the Nations (posthumously) to their direct descendants living in Moscow and the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, and Togliatti.
It was followed by the ceremony of awarding the winners of the XI Annual International Competition of teachers, pupils, and students, "The Holocaust: Memory and Prevention."
Such memorial evenings have been held on this date in Moscow every year since 1995. It is organized by the Foundation and the Center for the Holocaust, with the participation of the Government of Moscow, the Israeli Embassy in Russia, the Russian Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.