28 January / Memorial Evening on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On the 27 January, a memorial ceremony dedicated to the liberation of Auschwitz was held at the Writers House in Moscow. About 500 people attended the event: war veterans, former ghetto prisoners, representatives of the Public Chamber, leaders of Jewish organizations, students and teachers. Furthermore the Ambassadors of Turkey and Slovakia were present at the event, as well as members of the diplomatic corps of the USA, Canada, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Italy, Germany, Austria and other countries.
The Holocaust Center and the Holocaust Foundation organized the ceremony with the kind support of the Moscow City government, the Israeli Embassy in Russia, the Russian-Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish communities. Speeches were held by a number of high ranked officials such as Boris Spiegel (the president of the World Congress of Russian Jewry and a member of the Russian Federation Council), Yossi Tavor (First secretary of the Israeli Embassy to the RF), Berel Lazar (Chief Rabbi of Russia), Yuri Kanner (President of the REK), Rudolf Adam (German Embassy to the RF), Andrei Konchalovsky (Russian filmmaker) and Alexander Borisov (Russian-Orthodox Cleric and Head of the Russian Bible Society).
Furthermore, the awarding ceremony of then 9th Annual Essay Writing and Drawing Competition took place. More than 1000 works from 8 countries had been submitted.