Elena Testova, staff member of the Holocaust Center delivers a lecture at the XVII International Youth Conference "Sefer" in St. Petersburg11 2012
11 July 2012
The Department of Jewish Culture of the oldest Russian University at St. Petersburg hosted the XVII International Youth Conference on Jewish Studies, organized by the Center for Researchers and Teacher of Jewish Studies "Sefer”.
Elena Testova from the Holocaust Center delivered a lecture in the section “Jewish art” on "The language of terror in visualizing the Holocaust: Soviet Jewish photographs." Her contribution was complemented by a presentation of photo material from the archive of the Holocaust Center.
Seminar of Russian and Belarusian teachers in France05 2012
From July 2-5, for the second time, the Moscow Holocaust Center organized a training seminar for Russian teachers on the Holocaust in Paris at the ”Fondacion de la Shoah”, which was attended by 12 teachers from 6 Russian cities (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Pskov, Dubrovka, Yoshkar-Ola, Ivanovo), and two representatives from Belarus.
The exhibition leaving a strong impression on the visitors provoked a lively discussion about the methods of preserving the historical memory of the Holocaust.
The workshop dealt with the history of the Holocaust in France, Nazis accession to power, their ideology and politics and the role of the “Jewish question”. These topics showed clearly the need to study the Holocaust in our time. The participants highly appreciated the constructive and dedicated approach of their French colleagues Georges Besancon, Tolya Broutman, Helene Dumas and Iva Ternon.
From the Russian side the seminar was led by Prof. Altman (Holocaust Center) and Prof. Alexander Danilov (Academy of Pedagogical and Social Sciences), who presented their approaches in Holocaust teaching and Holocaust remembrance. The workshop included a visit at the monument on the site of the transit camp Drancy.
Lecture “On the traces of lost remembrance” presented in the Moscow Jewish Community Center (MJCC)25 2012
Leonid Terushkin, head of the archive of the Holocaust Center introduced Boris Maftsir’s film “On the traces of the lost remembrance” to the members of the “Club of the friends of the library” in the Moscow Jewish Community Center. This introduced the unique project of Yad Vashem aiming at collecting and memorizing the names of the victims of Holocaust in cooperation between many volunteers and experts.
L. Terushkin mentioned in this context the forthcoming scientific conference at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the tragedy in Zmievskaya Balka. The following discussions focused on the problem of establishing memorials for Holocaust victims in Russia today.
Participation of the Head of the Russian Research and Educational Center in the 8th International Annual Conference for the Study of the Holocaust" at Yad Vashem21 2012
During his internship, I. Altman took the opportunity for talks with the Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and heads of museums and centers for the study of the Holocaust from Argentina, Australia, France and South Africa, discussing the challenges and successes of teaching these themes in Russia.
Ilya Altman about the effect of the Holocaust on Jewish self-identification in Russia 14 2012
June 14, 2012
Prof. Altman delivered a public lecture “In the shadow of the Holocaust. Self-identification
of Russian Jews” at the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center. It was
attended by students and staff of the Cummings Center for Russian and East
European Research and the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism
Besides, I. Altman informed the audience about
the role of the Holocaust Center and the programs of the Russian Jewish Congress in order to
preserve the memory of the Holocaust in the Russian public. The lecturer explained
the peculiarities in perceiving the war and the Holocaust in Russia, in
particular the influence of the memory of war and its victims on the Jewish and
non Jewish population. He traced the relations towards the Holocaust and its
influence on the Jewish self-identification in relation to certain groups, such
as to Jews in Russia in general, Jewish leaders, Jewish students from mixed
families, Jewish communities, and Jewish philanthropists.
The main conclusions drawn by the lecturer were:
strengthening of Jewish self-identification was made possible due to the whole
complex of measures, including educational programs, participation in fundraising for the erection
of monuments dedicated to Holocaust
victims and the projects “To Return dignity" and "Baton of memory”.
Round table: Oral history about repression and mass annihilation on the territory of the USSR13 2012
June 13, 2012
A round table took place dealing with the role of oral history about repression and mass annihilation in the USSR at the French-Russian Research Center in Moscow, featuring the subject of the Holocaust. It was presented by the head of the Archive of the Holocaust Center Leonid Terushkin in his lecture “Oral sources about the Holocaust during the Second World War.”
"White spots" of the Holocaust on the territory of the Soviet Union11 2012
Prof Ilya Altman, at the internship at the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, delivered a lecture on the problems of historiography and historical sources, particular those of memorialization of the Holocaust in contemporary Russia and aroused huge interest among the members of the Institute. Introducing the speaker, Prof. Dan Michman, head of the Institute paid homage to Altman’s work, in particular mentioning the Encyclopedia, "The Holocaust on the Territory the Soviet Union."
Altman dealt with the role of the Soviet authorities in the transit of Jewish refugees from Poland through the RSFSR to Japan presenting new information about the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, based on the newly discovered archival documents.
Then, Altman focused on the approaches and source basis from Russian and foreign historiography concerning the number of the ghetto and Holocaust victims on the territory of the Russian Federation. In particular, he addressed the significance of recently accessible documents of the Main Political Directorate of the Red Army, which collected and published information about the Nazi crimes. This was illustrated by the example of letters written by a Ternopol ghetto prisoner Salomon Oks, he wrote before his death. The letters were found by Soviet soldiers, published in a special edition and then sent to Tel Aviv.
The third aspect of the lecture involved the memorialization of the Holocaust in Russia, in particular, the history of erecting the monument to Holocaust victims in Kaliningrad and in Lubavitch, within the framework of “To Return dignity”, a common project by the Russian Jewish Congress and the Holocaust Center. The speaker emphasized the importance of cooperation not only with Jewish but also with Christians, mostly Protestant organizations in Russia.
"Methodological recommendations for the Holocaust memoralization in Russia"10 2012
June 10, 2012
We reported in February 2012 about the project “Baton of remembrance” within the framework of “To Return dignity" project: we are glad to inform you now that 2,500 names were collected until mid-April.
The Holocaust Center prepared and improved the methods for this project for educational institutions, veterans, public and charity organizations, Jewish and other ethnic communities in order to get further engaged in memoralization activities on behalf of the victims and heroes of the Holocaust and World War II.
Book Presentation on the Holocaust in Southern Russia05 2012
June 5, 2012
Prof. Ilya Altman and the representative of the Holocaust Center in Israel, Gregory Reikhman attended the ceremonies dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the annihilation of Jews in the Southern Russia. The ceremony took place in the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
During the event, held in the Cultural Center "Shapira", the second edition of the book “The tale of gifted life” was presented. It was written by the member of the Ashkelon branch of the society "Memory of the Holocaust" of the Immigrants’ Association "Survivors of concentration camps and ghettos”.
The attendants of the presentation, former inmates of ghettos and concentration camps, listened to excerpts of the books, told about the fate of the author's family living on the German-occupied territory.
The author described in detail how the family lived with a yellow armband in a Kuban Cossack village, how many sufferings his parents endured, digging graves on the outskirts of the village, as they expected every day to be led to execution. But on January 31, 1943, Soviet troops liberated the village, and this day was the family’s second birthday. In his story the author described the family life before the war, and his life as a Jewish boy after the war. The book was devoted to his granddaughter Yulia Elkina, who came to the presentation together with great grandchildren from Rostov.
Present, however invisibly, were Yakov Krug’s parents, who became victims of the Holocaust, immortalized on the prewar photos of the family, the only one still alive today was the author of the book.
No less striking and far more than just a piece of "material evidence" was the presentation of the “yellow star” from the Kuban Cossack village of Novo-Pashkovskaya, which will be 70 years this summer and which has been carefully kept as a relic in Yakov Krut’s family.
I. Altman expressed his confidence that this carefully written book will find its place not only in the Holocaust Center but attract interests of the students from the region, e.g. in connection with the annual solemn mourning ceremonies for the victims of the Holocaust on January 27.
Member of the Board of Trustees of the project of the Russian Jewish Congress "To Return Dignity", Professor Yury Dombrovski, sent a warm letter to Yakov Krut, expressing his gratitude for his ruthless efforts to preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust in Southern Russia.
International conference in memory of Raoul Wallenberg28 2012
The head of the archives of the Russian Holocaust Center, L. Terushkin attended the international conference "Raoul Wallenberg - a humanist of the XX century", marking the centenary of his birth, held at the Institute of Universal History of the Russian Academy of Science. Besides lecturing on the fate of Wallenberg and his fellow diplomats who saved Jews, Terushkin informed about the efforts of the Center "Holocaust" to identify the saviors of Jews in Russia during the Second World War and the memoralization of the saviors’ deeds. In particular, he cited the recent example of detection of the rescuers of Jews by Russian teachers and students in the Pskov region, where the work of a schoolstudent, M. Vasilyeva led to the award of the title of Righteous among the Nations to E. Ivanova and E. Efimov.
L. Terushkin acquainted participants with publications devoted to problems of Righteous among the Nations in the "Russian Library of the Holocaust," published by the Center Holocaust
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