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 Siberia25 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 Holocaust24 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.
Alla Gerber, President of the Holocaust Fond took part in the presentation of books about the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto uprising20 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 Marathon19 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 Day19 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! "
“Yom Shoah” and Jewish heroism19 2012
19th April 2012
Ilya Altman staging at the Research institute of Yad Vashem took part in a memorial ceremony at the occasion of “Yom Shoah”. It took place the evening before on the place of the Warsaw Ghetto Fighters in the memorial complex of Yad Vashem.
According to Ilya Altman, "it was an unforgettable sight. The ceremony adhered a particular atmosphere though, despite the cold spring evening, it was held outdoors. The sculptures of the famous monument to the heroes of the Warsaw uprising were illuminated by red lights which made them look as if they were brought to life..
It was a very moving ceremony when six torches were lightened and a video was shown telling about the miracle of the surviving prisoners and partisans, who were entrusted with the right to light the torches.
The witness reports were combined with film reports, photos of the speaker and his family from different years, and documents. I would like to emphasize that the topic of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union was mentioned in most speeches. Israeli President Shimon Peres, listing the destroyed Jewish communities, mentioned Minsk, Odessa, Riga, Belarus and the Ukraine. The ceremony was opened by the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yad Vashem, Rabbi Meir Lau, who was saved at Buchenwald by a young man from Rostov. Among those who lightened the torches was Bat Sheva Dagan, liberated by the Red Army at Auschwitz, the former prisoner of the Minsk ghetto and partisan Anatoly Rubin, the prisoner from Kossovo ghetto (Belarus) and later partisan, Hasya Vardi. At the end of the ceremony the Hatikva was sung by young boys and girls wearing the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces' .
And today at 10 am the country came to a standstill ,bowing her head in a minute's silence in memory of the 6 million victims of the Holocaust. At the same time at Yad Vashem a ceremony began attended by former prisoners of the ghetto and resistance fighters , World War II veterans and young people.
Graduate from Yad Vashem international course on the history of the Holocaust awarded as “Meritious teacher of the Russian Federation”06 2012
Olga Grigoryeva, participant of the Yad Vashem seminar was awarded by a decree of the Russian President as ”Meritious teacher of the Russian Federation”. The Holocaust Center combines its congratulation with best wishes for further sucees in her demanding activities.
Russian Holocaust scholar visits University of Toronto 04 2012
Toronto — In discussions about the Holocaust, the number of Jews murdered on Soviet territory is often overlooked, minimized, or simply not examined due to a lack of accessible information, says Ilya Altman, a leading scholar in Holocaust studies from the Russian State University for Humanities in Moscow and a Yad Vashem fellow.
Seminar in the House of the Wannsee Conference (Berlin)31 2012
31 March 2012
From 25th – to 31rst March a seminar "History of the Holocaust as a subject of study." took place at the museum “House of the Wannsee-Conference” for 15pedagogues and researchers from Russia and the Ukraine , who came from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Vologda, Rostov-on-Don, Yaroslavl. , Kiev and Odessa.
The intensive training program comprised lectures by Dr Wolf Kaiser (House of the Wannsee-Conference), Elisabeth Schwarzbaum (International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen) and Ulrike Huhn) (Research Center for East European Studies, Bremen University ) followed by a workshop on "Racism and Anti-Semitism," Besides providing information the seminar acquainted the participants with interactive methods of learning such as mutual presentation of parts of the exhibition by working groups and the comparison of the history of the Holocaust in Germany, Russia and the Ukraine.
At a visit at the Schiller Gymnasium the Russian and Ukrainian guests had the opportunity to exchange experiences with German teachers of history.
Only very few time was left for a visit of the historic district of Berlin.
The group visited many places that are connected with the tragedy of the European Jews -from the train station Grunewald where the deportation started to the Memorial Sachsenhausen. This left an deep impression on the visitor as well as the visit of the Jewish museum, where the group was introduced to the architecture of Daniel Libeskind who tried to express an atmosphere of fear and abandonment in some parts of the building reminding the Shoah.
From the German Russian Museum at Karlshorst, the group came to see the “Topography of Terror”, an exhibition about the most important institutions of the National Socialist persecution and terror at the site where the headquarters of the Secret State Police (Gestapo), the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were located. The last point of the Berlin excursion was the monument to the murdered Jews in Europe, consisting of a site covered with 2,711 dark tower arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field, designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere.
The successful performance of the seminar was only possible due to the active and dedicated participation of the whole group and last not least with the perfect preparation and the as well decisive as kind guidance through Berlin and the program by Tatyana Manykina (Holocaust Center, Moscow)
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