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Evidence of the Holocaust in the USSR. International colloquium in Paris on May 16-17th, 2013.

May 16th, 2013

Employees of the Russian Holocaust Center Leonid Terushkin and Kiril Feferman, along with other scientists from France, Israel, USA, Great Britain, Ukraine and other countries, participated in the international two-days colloquium “Evidence of the Holocaust in the USSR” in Paris, Center Mahler on May 16th. The head of the Archive Leonid Terushkin took part in the discussion within the Round table “Overage and flaws of archives”; the topic of the head of the scientific department Kiril Feferman was “Holocaust as the second Civil War in Russia”. His presentation was a part of the following meeting “Plexus of violence et difficulty of remembering”.

In the program of the colloquium it says: “Literature of the evidence that was created in the USSR and for a long time censored is very poorly studied in the post-soviet territories as well as in the rest of the world. Unlike Western literature that reminds us of remote extermination camps, these works tell us about the genocide that occurred in close proximity - to the view and on hearing of countless witnesses. Could not they testify, or just did not want to? Colloquium will give the opportunity to hear the voices that in the Soviet Union, often in danger or desperation, were raised against forgetting, and identify the reasons of their deafening silence. To think about the status of the text, image, archive and the specialty of a witness in the USSR. This switch to the East uses the literary paradigms of testimony in a form that was implemented in Western literature of the XX century”.

The event was supported by: Mémorial de la Shoah, Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, Archives Nationales, Centre franco-russe de recherches en sciences humaines de Moscou, Université Paris 1, Université Paris 7, Université Paris 10.

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