In Memory of Raoul Wallenberg22 2012
22 November 2012
On November 22, a memorial evening
in honor of Raoul Wallenberg took place at the Hungarian Center in Moscow. Dr. Ilya Altman contributed
a lecture on Nina Borovko-Langlet, wife of the Swedish Red Cross representative
in Budapest, and the first Russian to receive the title of “Righteous Among the
Nations” in 1965. The evening was attended among others by the Hungarian Envoy
Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary in Russia, Istvan
Ijgyart, and the Minister Plenipotentiary of Israel in Russia, Olga Slov.
Dr. Kiril Feferman at Yad Vashem Workshop20 2012
20 November 2012
November 19-20, 2012, an international workshop on "Letters and Diaries as
Sources for the Study of the Holocaust and World War II in the Soviet
Union" took place at the Center for the Study of Soviet Jews at Yad Vashem
with the support of Genesis (a
philanthropic group promoting Jewish identity among Russian speaking Jews). The
Moscow Holocaust Center was represented by Dr. Feferman, who made a
presentation on "Letters by Soviet Jews as a Source for Studying the
Decision-Making on Evacuation."
Dr. Ilya Altman on TV channel "Culture": On the Access to Archival Sources Relating to the Holocaust19 2012
19 November 2012
Dr. Ilya Altman took part in a discussion on the Russian TV
channel ”Culture” on problems of the historiography of the Holocaust, focusing
on the aspect of access to archival documents and their publication.
“Holocaust. The Teachers' Perspective“, 2nd edition17 2012
17 November 2012
A collection of contributions by
teachers from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus - the winners of the international
competition "Lessons of the Holocaust - The Way to Tolerance",
2006-2011 - was published under the support of a grant of the President of
Russia. The book includes a program of courses and curricula, text lessons, and
extracurricular activities. Russia is represented with contributions by
teachers from Vladimir, Ivanovo, Pskov, the Khabarovsk region, and
Khanty-Mansi. The first edition with texts of the winners from 2001 to 2005
appeared six years ago
Kaliningrad: Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust and their Saviors16 2012
Dr. Ilya Altman held a lecture on the International Day of Tolerance,
which took place at the Museum of History of Arts in Kaliningrad. He introduced new documents and approaches
revealing the history of the rescue of Jewish refugees by Tihuna Sugihara, the
Japanese consul in Kaunas, and his life regarding the Soviet Union. The consuls
of Latvia and Poland in Kaliningrad, the chairpersons of the regional writers'
union, Boris Bartfeld, and of the Kaliningrad PEN Center, Vyatcheslav
Karpenko, also contributed to the
Simonas Davidavicius, director of the Museum in Kaunas, presented an
exposition dedicated to the Japanese "Righteous among the Nations"
awardee. Visiting the mansion where Sughihara lived from March to November
1941, Dr. Altman expressed his hope of a memorial site being established at
participants also visited the place where a memorial plaque was installed last
year commemorating the Jews from Eastern Prussia who were deported in 1942 to
Maly Trostinez (near Minsk) and subsequently murdered. Dr. Altman took the opportunity to talk with
the Pro-rector of Kaliningrad University, G. M. Fedrov, about preparing a
conference for the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Dr. Leonid Terushkin at the Conference in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg in Paris 16 2012
16 November 2012
The Swedish Embassy, the Swedish Institute in France, and
IRICE [Institute of International Relations and European Civilization at the
University of Paris (Sarbonne)] organized the conference "Raoul Wallenberg
as the Savior of the Jews of Hungary" in order to address the still
remaining white spots in Wallenberg's fate.
Dr. Terushkin spoke about the efforts of the Holocaust
Center to identify saviors of Jews in the occupied territory of Russia and
other connected activities, paying special attention to the situation in
Budapest in January 1945 and the analysis of materials from Russian archives.
During the conference, it was agreed to organize another
seminar at the Shoah Memorial for Russian teachers from 1-4, 2013, as well as a
number of joint conferences by Russian and French colleagues on problems of the
Seminar in Znamensk (Kaliningrad region)15 2012
in Znamensk was held on the history of the Holocaust at which Dr. Altman
presented the working program of the Moscow Holocaust Center. Director of the
local secondary school, V. S. Ezhigov, contributed his teaching experiences.
David Shvedik, Rabbi of the Kaliningrad region, and Yelena Podnebesny, Lecturer
at Kaliningrad University, were also among the participants.
New Information Booklet about the Holocaust Center14 2012
occasion of the 20th
anniversary of the Moscow Holocaust Center, a
about the history and activities of the Center was
issued, providing a survey of all programs and directions of activities from
the foundation from its founding in 1992 to today.
Russian Teachers Completed Traineeship in the US11 2012
11 November 2012
international seminar on problems of teaching genocide and the Holocaust was
held at Rutgers University (New Jersey) with participants from the US, Russia,
Finland and Armenia. Prof. Alex Chinton (Rutgers University), Chair of the
International Association of Genocide Researchers, lectured on genocide in
Cambodia. Prof. I. Altman analyzed the system of teaching the Holocaust in contemporary
Russia. Suren Manukyan, Deputy Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum,
Yerevan, outlined the significance of the Holocaust and others forms of
genocide in the 20th century in the text books for secondary schools in Armenia.
Dr. Igor Kotler, President and Acting Director of the Museum of Tolerance (New
Jersey), lectured on specific aspects of teaching the Holocaust in the US.
A significant part of the traineeship included
visiting museums and research centers dedicated to the learning and teaching of
the Holocaust in Washington, D.C. (Holocaust Memorial Museum) and New York
(Anne Frank Center and Museum of Tolerance). At the Museum of Tolerance, the
group was welcomed by its director, Mark Weizman. The head of the Anne-Frank
Center recalled his experience working with younger children, while introducing
literature for younger school children. A round table at the Holocaust Museum
gave the opportunity for exchanging experiences and discussing perspectives of
cooperation among teachers from Russia and the US.
Session of the UN Commission Dedicated to the Study and Teaching of the Holocaust in Russia08 2012
On the eve
of the anniversary of Kristallnachta
session concerning the Information Program of the UN took place in the New York
headquarters under the topic “From Forgotten Memory to Nascent Remembrance:
Holocaust History and Education in Russia Today” where Russian researchers and
teachers presented their working results.
Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the UN,
emphasized the importance of preserving the historical truth about the Second
World War and the Holocaust and the intolerability of the distortion of history
and support for neo-Nazi movements in Europe. He also underlined the
significance of the fact that the session was held on the day of the opening of
the Russian Jewish Museum of Tolerance in Moscow.
In his keynote lecture Dr. Altman presented
the latest achievements of Russian historians in teaching about Nazi crimes,
focusing on educational programs on the Holocaust and tolerance in Russian
schools and universities. Prof. Yury Dombrovsky, Chairman of the Board of
Trustees of “Memory of the Holocaust“of the Russian Jewish Congress, discussed memorialization
of the Holocaust in Russian cities. Tatiana Pasman (Pskov) and Alex Feldt
(Arkhangelsk) spoke about teaching the Holocaust in Russia's regions, and
Alexander Engels introduced the educational programs of the Museum of the
Holocaust and Jewish heritage on Poklonnaya Hill.
In his concluding remarks, Deputy Program
Director, Ramu Damodaran, underlined the immense interest of the international
society in the memorialization of the Holocaust, stressing the fact that the
Russian Federation was among the initiators of Res. 60/7 of the General
Assembly “Memory of the Holocaust” of 27 January 2005 and expressed his hope
that the ”International Holocaust Remembrance Day” would become an official
memorial day in Russia, as well.
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