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Novosibirsk: Seminar “Remembrance of Holocaust – path to tolerance”

12 2012

12th May 2012
The seminar at the Institute of Higher Education  organized by the Holocaust Center Moscow was attended by  30 pedagogues teaching history, social  science, Russian language, and literature , students  and  representatives of the  organizations “Union of former  underage  prisoners of fascist concentration camps’.


A book, about the Holocaust in Latvia published in Russia raised public attention

05 2012

2nd May  2012
 Frida Michelson’s  memoires "I survived  Rumbula," published in the "Russian Library of the Holocaust" (2011), was reviewed in the journal of the Institute of  Latvian History of . As  David Zilberman  who forwarded the book in Latvian and translated it into  Russian for the  "Holocaust"  Centert stated:  the reprint of  Frida Michelson’s memoires  touched ( or offended?) )the Latvian society: the Latvian public is very sensitive.


Statement by Center and Fond “Holocaust”concerning the poll: “Is it necesseray to teach the Holocaust in Russian schools?- Opinions of the clergy”

04 2012

4th May  2012
  On 4th May  the results of a poll among the  Russian clergy about teaching the Holocaust in Russia, conducted by «Regions.ru / News from the Federation."  were published: see (Http://www.regions.ru/news/2406292/)  It became clear that parts of  the Russian society are not ready to admit the obvious fact that the Holocaust is a constitutive element of the history of our country. In particular  on  the occupied Soviet territories, including  23 regions of Russia, almost half of all victims of the Holocaust perished.  It was not by chance that the date for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the UN General Assembly,  became the day of the  liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army
It is deplorable how distortedly the first important steps of the Ministry of Education and Science were reported  performing the training of  pedagogues on this subject  in accordance with  Russia’s international obligations  In March 2012 t the mass media reported the introduction of training modules on Holocaust of 72 hours in the regional training institutes of further education. It was developed by our colleagues from the regions and has been tested at the Federal Academy for Further Education. 60 teachers have been trained in the framework of this program. At the same time it was reported that the subject Holocaust was included  into the standard State Exam. Apparently for political purposes  the public was informed  that the72h  course  will be given in high schools.
Unfortunately a number of respected mass media. fell for this provocation.  It is not by chance that the initiators of the poll did not address  our organization, conducting almost 20 years educational seminars and editing textbooks on the subject. We declare definitively that the subject Holocaust is present in many books on domestic and world history, it has been  included in the training  program of institutes for further education in more than 30 regions of our country During  the last 4 years with the support  of a Presidential  grant educational seminars on the topic were held in 24 cities from  Kaliningrad to Khabarovsk  and from Krasnodar to Tomsk. In the last competition for school and university students and teachers of Russia "Lessons of the Holocaust - the path to tolerance" 2,000 representatives of 68 republics, territories and regions of Russia took part In schools and colleges the history of the Holocaust is taught as an integral part in connection with many  topics  and  within the frameworks of many curriculums and more and more  also in extracurricular and research activities. Nobody insisted on a module from this  scale which was in mind of those criticizing the Ministry  of Education and Science. But the lack  of systematic knowledge also in the preparation of the general examen (EGE)  just leads to such a situation that young people  in a  live TV show  answer  on the question what is Holocaust to the  the amusement o the whole civilized world:” Holocaust  that is  a sort of glue”
It is repeated again and again  that  during  the war all  peoples of our country suffered. This is absolutely true. But Nazi ideology  built a clear hierarchy, determining  which  peoples had to be annihilated  totally or in parts.  Nazis assigned  the Jews to be the first  but not the last victims.
One might  not  love the Jews and Israel but is therefore right to apply ones prejudices on that what is recognized by  the whole civilized world. Is it reasonable to forget about the heroism of those who were shot only for the reason that they hide their Jewish neighbors ad friends Do you remember Aleksej Glagolev, Mother Mary,  dozens of priests who issued falsified  baptismal certificates. Just simple Christian believers, including the well known Japanese diplomat Chyiune Sugihara(.who converted to Christian faith) So  will we better understand the lessons of this war, and the core of Nazi ideology? Or will we continue to wonder why the swastika appears primarily on the  monuments to Holocaust victims and Jewish cemeteries?
It should be noted that the in the course of the poll  Russia's Catholics and Protestants were not involved. And yet  this  represents a central issue in the Churches attempts to  atone for the crimes of the Nazis and their accomplices: unfortunately  many of the executioners were devote Christians. That is why the Protestant organizations in Russia made a significant contribution  to the establishment of a memorial in Lubavitch last November
At the eve of the Victory Day it is appropriate to remember that this day only in our country and in Israel is celebrated on  9th May. The issue of the Holocaust  and the fact that  our army liberated dozens of ghettos. concentration and death camps remains nearly unknown to  our youth. Unfortunately there is no national memorial day of the victims of the Holocaust and the liberators for which we are striving already ten years. In particular the government and the society  should understand now that the universal lessons of the Holocaust have to be acknowledged in Russia.
The  theme of  Holocaust–is very difficult and painful. The debate about its place in the national memory was  led in almost all Eastern European states. As a result, Lithuania declared 2011 the Year of the Holocaust, the  27th January  became the  National Day of Remembrance in the Ukraine (despite of another  widely remembered date –the  Day of  Babij Yar). In Latvia they released postal stamps with  rescuers of Jews and  Righteous Among the Nations. In almost all countries the governments awarded people who saved Jews: unfortunately this is not the fact  in Russia.
The  topic  Holocaust does not divide the descendants of the victims, as some respondents of the poll try to prove . It helps to understand the words of our Russian national philosopher Mikhail Gefter, that "there is no genocide against one people - genocide is always directed against all."


International conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia”

29 2012

"International conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia”

Rostov-on-Don
August 12-14, 2012

The Seventh International conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia” will be held in Rostov-on-Don on August 12-14, 2012. The conference topic is “The regional history of the Holocaust in the Northern Caucasus and the fates of Jewish intelligentsia during the Second World War”.

It will commemorate the memory of the largest extermination of Russia’s Jews during the Holocaust and the murder of a world’s famous psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein shot 70 years ago at Zmievskaya Balka. The conference will be the first scholarly forum to explore the fates of scientists during the Holocaust. It will focus on a unique region where the Jewish death toll was the heaviest and included thousands of refugees who came from all over occupied or threatened Soviet areas. 

Coorganizers:
Russian Holocaust Center,
Simon Wiesenthal Center (The European office),
Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Southern Federal University,
Yad Vashem Project of Shoah Victims' Names.

With the support of
Russian Jewish Congress, “To Return Dignity” Project,
Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research,
Claims Conference,
“Dynasty” Foundation.
 
Invitations to participate in the event were sent to leading scholarly centers and researchers from Russia, Baltic states, Canada, CIS, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, UK, USA, and Switzerland.

Plenary meetings and sessions will focus on the following topics: 
- Sabina Spielrein: Life and scientific legacy;
- Sources and historiography on the Holocaust: regional aspect;
- Nazi occupation policy and the Holocaust in Russia’s South;
- Involvement of collaborators in persecuting local population and POWs; 
- Role and fate of scientific intelligentsia during the Second World War; 
- Historical memory of the Holocaust: regional aspect;
- Singularities of the rescue of Jews during the Holocaust in Russia’s South; 
- Educational aspects of teaching the regional history of the Holocaust.

The Conference proceedings will be published.

More details on the application process and the conference are available on the website of the Russian Holocaust Center.

Please direct your inquiries to the following email address: rrehc@holofond.ru

 Application procedure
The submission of papers should be sent until 15th may to the coordinator of the conference Dr. Kiril Feferman  email address: rrehc@holofond.ru
The application should include an abstract of the paper ( subject, main sources, literature 1800-2000  characters) and information about the professional background (position, academic degrees, institution) The organizers  will carry travel and accommodation expenses for participants from Russia and the CIS.
Applications will be informed until 1rst June about their participation  by the organizing committee. 
During the conference contributions will be restricted to 20 minutes in the plenary sessions and to 10 minutes in the sections.
The lecturers are kindly asked to send the complete text of their contribution until 12th October to the Organizing Committee. A publication of the conference papers is planned in 2013.




Alla Gerber “Germany succeeded in accepting shame and tragedy of the NS epoche"

29 2012

  29th April  2012
From 22nd to 28th  April  Alla Gerber  together with the coordinator  of the educational program of the Holocaust Center, Tatyana Manykina  followed the invitation of the Goethe Institute to Germany. In order to “gain a detailed  insight in how, why and in which these three cursed places  (Alla Gerber)
In Berlin Alla. Gerber and Tatyana Manykina met with Prof. Hanns-Fed Rathenow and Ingolf Seidel working for  the internet platform  “Learning from history”: they paid a visit  to the museum “ The Topography of Terror”  a historical site where the buildings of  the Secrete State Police (Gestapo) , the leaadership of the SS and the Security Main Office were located.  Later they met with Anneta Kahane, chairwoman of the Amadeo Antonio Foundation (Initiative for civil society and democratic culture)  at the Federal Agency of Political Education.
In Nuremberg, A. Gerber, and T. Manykina visited the famous documentary center of the NSDAP and  met with its director, Dr. Alexander Schmidt. The last point of the route was Munich, where  they met with the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany Charlotte Knobloch in the Jewish community center.




The “Baton of remembrance” reached Siberia

25 2012

25th April 2012
The  regional representative of the Holocaust Center Moscow suceeded  in  initiating in ever more regions of Russia  their search activities for the names of victims of the Holocaust, the Righteous among the Nations.  liberators  from the Nazi dead camps . The were able to collect many  documents from the Great Patriotic  and  the history of erecting monuments to the victims. After Pskov, Kostroma. Yaroslavl, Rostov (Don) Smolensk, Surash, Orel, Bryansk and Kirov  from, today also the  greatest Siberian Univerity center Tomsk  is included.


Center and Fond "Holocaust" on the contribution of Russian Protestants in the commemoration of the Holocaust

24 2012

24th April.2012
 On the eve of  Israel’s Independence Day , the Russian Protestants held a ceremonial meeting.
In their greeting address the leaders of o the "Holocaust" Center thanked the  thousands of representatives of organizations from different parts of Russia, who  made donations  for monuments to Holocaust victims.  "We take this opportunity to express once again our sincere gratitude for initiating two years ago the Judeo-Christian dialogue, which has already shown definite results: we are able to  understand and respect each other better, to  solve the current problems in fighting against anti-Semitism and to establish the memory of Holocaust victims.
 The Memorial in Lubavitch, established with the active participation of thousands of Evangelical Christians in Russia, constitutes an important step in our cooperation. We bow our head before all those who participated in this generous  act, we hope that other  joint commemorative and educational projects will be successfully continued in the future. "
On the photo: Head of the Fund "Eben Ezer" in Russia, Boris Vasyukov.
Details: http://callofzion.ru/pages.php?id=871





Alla Gerber, President of the Holocaust Fond took part in the presentation of books about the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

20 2012

20th April 2012
The  Oval Hall of the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature hosted the  presentation of two books  about one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Marek Edelman - "And there was love in the ghetto,"  by Paula Savitskaya  and "To outwit  God,"  by Hannah Kral. The President of "Holocaust" Fond  Alla Gerber considered  Hannah Kral’s book to be  the best work, showing "that there exists a human being " in a situation where everything human seems to be destroyed.


Moscow. Memorial Marathon

19 2012

19th  April  2012
 On 19th April  a Memorial  Marathon took place at the Synagogue at Poklonnaya Hill  devoted to the Remembrance  Day of the Holocaust and  Jewish Heroism which was established in Israel. and which does not take place the first time by the initiative of the  Holocaust Center in Moscow. The President o of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner.opened the evening  informing about the first results of the “ Baton of Remembrance” which was launched in February  together by  the REK, Yad Vashem, and the Holocaust Center.  Alla Gerber, President of  the Holocaust Fond stressed the importance of remembering the  Holocaust  on the background of  growing Neo-Nazism  in Russia. The evening took place with the presence of the ambassadors from Israel and Poland and the National  Artist Yosif Kobzon.


Letter at the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day

19 2012

19th April. 2012.
 On the Holocaust Memorial Day a letter from a student  participating in the conference in 2012, Irene Golovashina  reached our center where she states "I would like to express my appreciation for your efforts, which does not allow to delete the  terrible  though  not to  be forgotten pages of our history out of  the memory of the young generation. I  also would like to thank you for the opportunity to take part  in the educational and competitive programs of the Center, which provides an incentive to  study  the Holocaust. I am confident that together we can overcome the terrible events of the Holocaust and prevent their recurrence in the future!  May your important mission be successful, with new interesting  results and even more interested supportive  participants! "





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