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In Memory of Raoul Wallenberg

22 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 Workshop

20 2012

20 November 2012

From 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 Holocaust

19 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 edition

17 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 Saviors

16 2012

16 November 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 session.

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 this location.

The 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 Holocaust.



Seminar in Znamensk (Kaliningrad region)

15 2012

15 November 2012

A seminar 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 Center

14 2012

14 November 2012

For the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Moscow Holocaust Center, a new booklet 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 US

11 2012

11 November 2012

An 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.

Tatyana Pasman

Session of the UN Commission Dedicated to the Study and Teaching of the Holocaust in Russia

08 2012

8 November 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.

Vitaly 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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