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New publication of the Holocaust Center presented by Leonid Terushkin in Bryansk

15 2012

15 September 2012
On September 12, Leonid Terushkin, head of archives at the Holocaust Center, presented a new publication edited by the Holocaust Center at a conference in Bryansk (“The Bryansk Region during the War, 1941-1945: People. Events. Facts.”). He also lectured on E. A. Ivanova’s “Making Oneself a Target” and gave a lecture called “E.A. Ivanova's Diary as a Source about the Holocaust in the Bryansk and Smolensk Region."

Natalya Anisina and IlyaAltman lecture at the University of Stavropol 10 September 2012

10 2012

10 September 2012

Dr. Ilya Altman and Natalya Anisina contributed a lecture on problems of tolerance in the framework of a seminar for teachers in the Stavropol region of the North Caucasian Federal University called "Lessons of the Holocaust: Development of Tolerance and Inter-ethnic Dialogue,” which was attended by representatives of different religious groups.

The historical faculty of the University of Stavropol expressed their interest in cooperating with the Holocaust Center.

The seminar was organized by The Ministry of Education of the Stavropol Region, the Stavropol Regional Institute of Education, Training and Retraining of Education, and the Jewish Community of the Stavropol Region. It was supported by a President’s Grant and the Claims Conference.

Dr. IlyaAltman at the unveiling of a memorial plaque in Arzgir

09 2012

9 September 2012

Dr. Ilya Altman took part in a memorial event in Azgir (Stavropol region) dedicated to the 70th anniversary of a massacre by the Fascists, on which occasion a memorial plaque remembering 695 victims, of whom 674 were Jews, was unveiled for the first time.

Dr. Altman was highly appreciated for imbedding the memory of the victims and handing it over to the younger generation in order to ensure that this will never occur again.

Mourning ceremony in Mineralnye Vody

09 2012

9 September 2012

On September 9, Dr. Altman spoke at a memorial ceremony in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the massacre of Jews in Mineralnye Vody where thousands of evacuated Jews from almost all regions of the USSR lost their lives.
The monument site was prepared by members of regional Protestant organizations in the framework of the project "Restoring Dignity." Dr. Altman confirmed that the regional authorities agreed to mention the nationality of the victims on the memorial plaque and expressed his expectation that this would occur before the next anniversary.



Soiree for Ilya Altman at the occassion of the 20th anniversary of the Holocaust Center

06 2012

6th September 2012
On 6th September at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Holocaust Center on 26th June 1992 a soiree for Ilya Altman took place.
At the beginning I. Altman told about his father's family having survived a ghetto in the Vynnitsa region and his parents who met at the front; then he described his life and work devoted to the cause of Holocaust studies, beginning when he found the manuscript of the “Black Book”.a collection of documents about the Nazi genocide of the Jews in the occupied territories of the USSR, which was considered to be lost.
Guests of the evening were friends, colleagues and companions, many of them connected by a longterm cooperation with the Center. Altman addressed them with the question written on a a large screen on the stage “The Holocaust - for whom is it necessary?”
Alekandr Gorelik, director of the UN-Information Center in Moscow underlined its importance of for the work of the UN, which adopted a resolution concerning the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and which had developed a range of important educational projects; one of them which will be presented on 8th November in New York with I. Altman's participation; Aleksandr Sorokin ( Rosspen chief editor) stresssed the necessity of searching the truth and the remembrance of the Holocaust  in Russia “suffering from an amnesia of her own tragedies”
Colleagues and companions, having accompanied him during the diffent periods of his life and work, underlined his role in bringing the notion and meaning of  the Holocaust into the consciousness of the  Russian society and offering a forum for the survivors to share their knowledge and experiences particular with the younger generation

XIII Summer Session for Russian teachers on Holocaust

20 2012

20 August 2012
 A three-day workshop for teachers from 24 regions of Russia was organized in the Memorial Synagogue at Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow by the Yad Vashem International School, the Holocaust Center and Fond and the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust which met an extremely knowledgeable audience. Some of the participants delivered lectures and practical instructions by themselves.
Lectures and round table discussions on the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, xenophobia and contemporary organization of research work were organized by staff members of the Holocaust  Center: Alla Gerber, Ilya Altman, Kiril Feferman, Tatiana Manykina and the chief archivist of the Museum at Poklonnaya Hill, Natalia Anisina.
For the first time heads of the Office of Education (Ekaterinburg) and libraries (from Taganrog and Chelyabinsk) participated.  A significant number of the participants  came from leading centers for teachers’ education, from 11 regional training institutes (Izhevsk, Kirov, Orel, Perm, Ryazan, Saransk, Smolensk, Stavropol, Tver, Vladivostok), Federal Academy  and from  universities (Buryat State University, Volgograd State University, Russian State Humanitarian University, Tambov State University, Lipetsk State University, Dashkova Institute (Moscow), and schools.
At the final session the First Secretary of the Embassy of Israel in Russia, Zvi Mirkin, stressed the importance to perpetuate the memory of Holocaust victims by teachers.
The seminar was held with the support of Claims Conference and the Moscow branch of the JDC.

VII International Conference on "The History of the Holocaust in the North Caucasus and the fate of Jewish intellectuals during the Second World War."

17 2012

17 August 2012
From 12 to 14  August, in Rostov the VII International Conference "Lessons of the Holocaust and Contemporary Russia" took place. It was organized by the Russian Holocaust Center,  Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Studies and the International School for Holocaust Studies, Institute of Russian History at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Southern Federal University, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, with the support of Russian Jewish Congress (REK) , Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FEOR), \ Jewish community of Rostov, Genesis Foundation  and  the Claims Conference.
Prof. Altman noted in his speech that for the first time a discussion on Holocaust focused on regional aspects, and it would be held for the first time concomitantly with a film festival dedicated to the Holocaust. He also presented a new book by Elena Ivanova "Calling the fire upon myself," which has been printed with the support of the Russian Jewish Congress.
The President of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner underlined the importance of Holocaust research by non-Jews because they could be hardly accused of partiality.
The conference was opened with the report of the European director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Shimon Samuels "In the Shadow of the Wannsee Conference: The vanishing memory of the Holocaust."
The second day dealt with special aspects of the Holocaust in the North Caucasus region, whereas the last day was dedicated to the fate of Sabina Spielrein, a native of Rostov and  one of the founders of psychoanalysis,  who shared the fate of other Rostov Jews being murdered in Zmievskaya Balka - and the fate of the Jewish intelligentsia in the WW2 on both sides of the front line. Johan Beckman, head of the Finnish anti-Fascist Committee pointed out different  treatment of Jewish intellectuals depending on their utility for the state; Gennady Kostyrchenko  reported about the only female member of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, Lina Stern who was also the only one not to be executed by Stalin  because he wanted to make use of her scientific merits.
Tatyana Passman (Center of Civic Education, Pskov) stressed the contribution to military technology and the victory of the Red Army  by the Kikoin brothers.
The last session of the conference dealt with the problem of preserving the memory of the Holocaust, pointing out that in the postwar period authorities tried to hinder the Jewish community of Rostov-on-Don from keeping the Holocaust memory.
Director of Krasnodar Regional State Historical and Archaeological Museum, Andrey Eremenko stated  that in his museum  the Holocaust is not represented  in any special exposition or  included in the total collection of the Great Patriotic War.
Leonid Terushkin  (Holocaust Center) presented a large-scale program to archive collection of wartime documents (letters, diaries, memories) which could be used as sources for Holocaust research.
Anna Volkovich from Military Medical Museum in St. Petersburg informed about that the archive of the museum contains a large number of memories by Jewish military doctors who survived the Holocaust.
Concomitantly with the conference the X. a seminar for teachers of Jewish schools in the CIS was held, where participants discussed methodical and organizational problems of Holocaust education in Jewish schools and preservation of Holocaust memory.
The seminar was supported by the Claims Conference.
 During the conference within the framework of a film festival on the Holocaust were shown the films by Yury  Kalugin "Free of Jews" (Rostov, 1992), A. Maroutyan "The Sobibor Uprising" (Moscow, 2009), E. Jakovich "The world after Auschwitz" (Moscow, 2006), G. Ilugdin "Solo for single owls "(Moscow, 2012).
In an interview with the Jewish News Agency, Ilya Altman assessed the conference as successful in providing the appropriate atmosphere for a fruitful exchange of opinions. With regard to the attempt to introduce National Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust, he stressed “If  this day would hav  already existed there would not have been aroused such questions as now posed in Rostov newspapers: whether there had been a Holocaust or not.”
Semyon Charny

Australia’s High Court ruled this week that suspected war criminal Charles Zentai cannot be extradited to Hungary

16 2012

  Zentai was an officer in the Hungarian army during WWII, and he's suspected of beating a teenager to death in Budapest in November of 1944 for failing to wear the yellow star that identified him as a Jew.
The Austrailian High Court says Zentai wont be extradited to face war crimes charges bcs in 1944 hungarian laws did not recognize the offence of war crime.
Kirill Feferman, an expert at the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust joins Jessica Jordan to talk about the case and its future implications.
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12 August already translated on the website Resolution of the VII International Conference "Lessons of the Holocaust and Contemporary Russia" on Holocaust memorialization

14 2012

14 August 2012
We, representatives of 13 countries (Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, USA, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, Estonia) who took part in the conference dedicated to the history of the Holocaust in the south of Russia, and the fate of the Jewish intelligentsia during  the Second World War,  regard as indispensable:
1) To address  the parliaments of post-Soviet states which did not yet  implement the  UN General Assembly Resolution № 60/7 of 1rst  November  2005 on the establishment of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, urging them to establish a National Holocaust Memorial Day and to support in this context  the initiative of  some public organizations in order to   introduce  the National Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust  and the war and  the liberators of Nazi death camps in Russia.
2) To appeal to the authorities and the society  of the post-Soviet states urging them to effectively resist all forms of Holocaust denial and relativization, to include information about the Holocaust in the expositions of central and regional museums, as well as in educational  literature;
3) To request regional Russian authorities to preserve all the places of mass executions of Jews in southern Russia during the Second World War, to clarify texts which were already established on plaques, including those in Taganrog and Mineralnye Vody;
4) To approach the Administration of Rostov-on-Don with the proposal to adjust the text of the memorial plaque on the wall of the memorial "Zmievskaya Balka" in accordance with archival documents provided by contemporary historiography on Jewish victims of mass executions;
5) To support the claim of the Russian and international public to the President of the Russian Federation to assign  to Alexander Aronovich  Pechersky, the leader of the Sobibor uprising Sobibor -  posthumously the title of “Hero of Russia” and to bestow  awards on Petchersky’s comrades who are still alive, S. Rosenfeld (Israel), A. Vayspapir(Ukraine) and A. Weitzen (Russia).

Hundreds gather to mark massive Holocaust pogrom in Russia

12 2012

August 12, 2012
(JTA)  More than 1,000 people gathered at Rostov-on-Don, which 70 years ago witnessed the worst Holocaust atrocity in Russia.
Wearing arm bands marked with a Star of David, the crowd on Sunday marched to the mass grave of approximately 27,000 people executed by German soldiers near the city in 1942. Most of the victims were Jewish, according to the Russian Jewish Congress.
Leading the procession was Rabbi Meir Lau, a Holocaust survivor and former chief rabbi of Israel.
“The unprecedented turnout shows the memory of the Jewish genocide in Rostov is shared and preserved by Jews and non-Jews,” Russian Jewish Congress President Yury Kanner said.
Last year the memorial site became the subject of a legal fight between Kanner’s organization and local government. The Russian Jewish Congress petitioned the court about a memorial plaque that city officials had placed last November at the city’s Zmievskaya Balka mass grave that noted “mass killing by the fascists of captured Soviet citizens.” It replaced a plaque from 2004 that did mention the Holocaust.
A ruling on the matter is expected later this year, according to Matvey Chlenov, the RJC's deputy executive director. Chlenov told JTA that city officials wrote a memo warning that mentioning the Holocaust could lead to “ethnic unrest.”
Southern Russia is home to many immigrants from the Caucasus region. Nationalist Russians staged riots there in 2010.
“We believe the new plaque is a parody more than any case of anti-Semitism or deliberate Holocaust obfuscation,” Chlenov said. “We nonetheless believe the original plaque at Zmievskaya Balka must be restored. It’s a matter of basic recognition of the identity of the victims.”





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