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«Photo Chronicle of the Holocaust as a Historical Source»

20 March /
The same name round table was held in Moscow in the Center of Photograph named after brothers Lumiere on the 20th of March. It was organized by the Embassy of the State of Israel and the Polish Cultural Institute in Moscow together with the Russian Holocaust Center (RHC)within the exhibition«The Album of the Auschwitz».
Moderator of the round table Ilya Altman reported about the features of documentary photographs as a source of the history of the Holocaust in the USSR.The round table was opened by an informative report of Dr. Haim Gertner, Director of the YadVashem Archives Division (Israel). He gave an exhaustive answer to the question why it is important to ensure public access to documentary sources of the Holocaust, and how to do it with the help of modern information technologies. Head of theArchive Department of RHC Leonid Terushkin highlighted the problem of “Searching in family archives and using the photographs of the World War II and the Holocaust”. Dr. Andrzej Żbikowski, professor of history of the Jewish Historical Institute and Center of Holocaust Studies (Poland) talked about interesting experience of collecting and publication of historical sources about the Holocaust in Poland during the postwar period. Interesting reports about studying and interpretation of the photo documents and written sources as well as the attempts of falsification of the tragedy of the Holocaust were presented by professor of Russian State University for the Humanities Valery Durnovtsev, who marked a special place of photo documents at the “hierarchy” of sources about the Holocaust history, and Director of research programs of the Foundation “Historical Memory” VladimirSimindey, who gave a critical analysis of the recent studies in Latvia about the camp Salaspils.

 
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