26 January / Video conference Moscow-Kiev:
The president of the RJC Yuri Kanner and the co-chairman of the RREHC Ilya Altman took part in a video conference between Moscow and Kiew. The date coincided with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
WW2 caused collateral damage and distress for the Soviet people, regardless of their nationality. The genocide organized by the German Fascists during the war had been unprecedented in history. Jews became the first prisoners of the concentration camps. Oswiecim, Treblinka, Majdanek, Sobibor – the names of these camps are known everywhere today. The Warsaw ghetto, Babyn Yar (Kiew), Kaunas (Lithuania) and the German Einsatzgruppen will forever be linked with the tragic history of WW2. But the desire to survive forced ghetto and camp prisoners to decide: Between death and live, between resignation and resistance – all this needs to be remembered, as well as the fact, that it was the Soviet people, who under great human losses defeated Fascism.