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INTERNATIONAL FORUM “THE HOLOCAUST: 70 YEARS LATER” IN MOSCOW

The International Forum “The Holocaust: 70 Years Later” was held in Moscow on the 22-26 of June. It was conducted by the Russian Holocaust Center, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) and the Institute of Contemporary History (Germany), supported by the Russian Jewish Congress. Researchers and teachers from 20 Russian regions and 12 countries attended. The international conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia” was organized within the Forum, the panels were held in the Russian State University for the Humanities.
The Forum was opened in the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue in attendance of the ambassadors of Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany and Israel, diplomats from Armenia, Belarus, Turkey, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Moscow City Hall. Leaders of Jewish organizations and Evangelical Christians-Baptists delivered opening presentations and the rector of the RSUH, Prof. Efim Pivovar welcomed all participants. The importance and features of the Forum were discussed in the speeches of Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Ilya Altman and the President of the Foundation “Holocaust” Alla Gerber. An appeal of the Presidential Administration and greetings of the Director of the Institute of World History of Russian Academy of Sciences academician Alexander Chubaryan were read out. The President of the Russian Jewish Congress Yuri Kanner and the members of the Steering Committee Jürgen Zarusky (Germany) and Dr. Igor Kotler (USA) also delivered opening speeches. Participants commemorated the victims of the Great Patriotic War at the memorial on Poklonnaya Gora.
According to Ilya Altman, comparative analyses of the Holocaust, other genocides and terror against children in the context of memorialization can be considered as innovative. A productive discussion emerged between Turkish and Armenian historians as well as Russian and American researchers about the terminology and consequences of the genocides of the XX century.
All the participants of the conference were deeply impressed by Vadim Tsalikov’s documentary “Beslan. Memory”. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Leonid Keselbrener, leaders of the committee “Mothers of Beslan” and Valentina Razumovskaya, whose son, Russian hero Colonel D. Razumovsky died during the liberation of the hostages, took part in the discussion of the film.
During the Forum, a seminar for teachers of Jewish schools of CIS and Baltic countries was also held with the support of the Moscow JOINT branch. The participants discussed issues of cooperation among Jewish and non-Jewish schools in their states.

 
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