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Russian Holocaust Essay Laureates and Survivors Testify at UNESCO:”Stalin wanted Me Red, Hitler wanted Me Dead” (Samuel Pisar)

 Paris, 8 July 2010
The sixth annual presentation of Russian Holocaust Essay Laureates convened yesterday in Paris under the auspices of UNESCO.
Co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, Association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance and the Russian Holocaust Foundation, five students – from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny-Novgorod – selected from over 1,000 submissions, presented their research findings.
 Attended by the Ambassadors of the Russian Federation, the United States of America and Israel, the proceedings were opened by UNESCO Deputy Director-General, Getachew Engida.
Russian Ambassador and President of UNESCO Executive Board, Eleonora Mitrofanova, emphasized the pernicious effects of Holocaust denial and the need for universal acknowledgment of the UN’s Holocaust Commemoration Day on 27 January (the date that Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army in 1945).
Newsweek Bureau Chief, Christopher Dickey, drew the lessons for contemporary media from Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech.Auschwitz survivor and international lawyer, Samuel Pisar, in a keynote entitled “Remembrance with Hindsight and Foresight”, spoke as anorphaned child-survivor, calling himself “a young animal reacting
instinctively to danger”, following his mother’s dictum: “do whatever to stay alive!” Noting his later role, during the Cold War, in commercial
transactions and conflict – mitigation between  East and West, Pisar
compared  Soviet Russia  and Nazi Germany as “ Stalin wanted Me Red, Hitler wanted Me Dead”, adding his debt to both the US Army  an the Red Army for saving his life.
UNESCO Education expert and Sorbonne President Georges Haddad, described
his sector’s Holocaust pedagogy and his family's World War II experience in Tunisia.
Dr. Ilya Altman, co-Chair of the Russian Holocaust Сenter in Moscow summarized its activities in the Former Soviet Union and the selection process of the Essay laureates.
Board members of Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance were led by Lithuanian – born child survivor, Alexandre Kaplan, and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-France President, Richard Odier.
The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, thanked UNESCO and, especially, special Adviser Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, for conceiving the event.
He also acknowledged that “ as a British Jew, born just after World War II, his family was saved by 30 miles of Channel water  from theHolocaust  raging on the continent.”
“Moreover”, he stressed, “Hitler’s invasion of the UK was forestalled by
the Eastern Front. Thus, my life was spared by the Red Army and over 25
million Soviet casualties”.
(L-R)Back Row. Dr.Shimon Samuels, Christopher Dickey, Samuel Pisar, Dr. Ilya Altman, Russian Ambassador Eleonora
Mitrofanova, DDG Engida, Judith Pisah, Kristen Killion, U.S Ambassador David Killion, Richard Odier, Annette Blum, Dr.Graciela Samuels
Front Row , Sergei Ponomarev, Elizaveta Yakimova, Elena Testova, Alexeev Dmitry, Evgenia Mushtavinskaya

http://unesco.usmission.gov/russian-holocaust-essay-laureates.html

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/unesco/182433/pdfs/eb-chairman-statement-holocaust-essay-event.pdf

http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=57735&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html


 

 
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