On April 29 the annual Marathon of Memory took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust on Poklonnaya Hill. The event is dedicated to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Holocaust Memorial Day Yom HaShoah. The Marathon is a joint project of the Holocaust Center and the Russian-Jewish Congress.
About 500 students and teachers from Moscow metropolitan area visited not only the documentary exhibition but also talked to former ghetto prisoners, partisans and soldiers who took part in the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. A small highlight of this year’s event was the participation of the German and Austrian volunteers of the Holocaust Center, who talked to the students about the significance of Holocaust remembrance and the way Germany and Austria nowadays cope with their Nazi past.
After a brief ceremony and a couple of speeches delivered by staff members of the Center, the Synagogue, Jewish and Protestant organizations from Moscow and St. Petersurg, a minute’s silence was held to commemorate the victims of WW2. The Marathon ended with an address by the film director Alexander Marutjan and the presentation of his documentary “The Arithmetic of Freedom”.
The event showed that the history of the Holocaust is perceived as an important part of human history by a growing number of individuals in Russia: The majority of the participants were students from vocational schools in the banking sector, the constructing industry and the pedagogic domain.