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The Bryansk region joined the "baton of remembrance”

16 2012

16 March 2012
Lily Skok  teacher of  history  from Surazh (Bryansk region)  and  graduate from the Moscow Holocaust  Center and "Yad Vashem", organized a meeting of students with war veterans and non Jewish witnesses of the Holocaust in Surazh.  



An invitation for the visitors of our website - teachers of high schools and educational institutions and everybody who might be interested

16 2012

16 March 2012
We offer a training program of elective courses (invariant module) "The Formation of tolerance by teaching  the Holocaust"  as an additional professional  program to enhance teachers’ qualification. The complete version of the module in a Word format is avilable on our web site:

http://www.holocf.ru/pages/83




Common Project by RJC and Holocaust Center "Baton of remembrance" launched

02 2012

2 March  2012
In mid-February, the Russian Jewish Congress (REK) invited  the leaders of Jewish communities in Russia  to take part in a new project which was also supported by the Congress of FEOR on 13 February: on 15 and 17 February  the Co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, Ilya Altman,  negotiated in Yaroslavl and Kostroma  with the leaders of Jewish organizations.
Among the first  registered participants was the local religious organization of Orthodox Judaism, "Jewish Community of Smolensk", headed by  Zinovi Agranat (FEOR) author  of the book "Remember... and never forget," published in 2001. The book which was presented   in September comprises the names of at least 800 out of the 3,000 Jews of Smolensk  who became victims of Nazism.  Leonid Terushkin, head of archives of the Holocaust Center  stated: "We succeeded in making a number of materials contained in the Moscow archives better  accessible. The Holocaust Foundation  and Center  produced the “ Encyclopedia of the Holocaust “, where to the Holocaust in the  city, the ghetto and the region of Smolensk  was paid much attention. "
 On 1 March in Pskov a meeting of the regional representatives of the Holocaust  Center Tatyana Pasman and head of the Pskov Jewish Charity Center "Chessed Yitzhak" Bella Litvak took place,  where they decided also  to join the project . They will start working on 25 March with a presentation of Mafzir’s film  and a lecture on "The Holocaust in the Pskov region". On the agenda will be the formation of working groups and the discussion about the possibilities to find  non Jewish Holocaust witnesses in Pskov, remembering the names of victims. Though the project has yet started it can count on active participation by students and teachers from the  Pskov region  who already for many years  did research in this field.
One result  of the research  carried out by students r from Opotchka, O. Grigoryeva and M. Vasilyevan  was awarding the title of a “Righteous Among the Nations” to two citizens of Opotchka - Evgenya Ivanova and her father, Ivan Efimovich.
Members of the section of ethnography and oral history “Origins” of the Pskov region discovered during a comprehensive  exploration the history of the Holocaust in the Sebezh district ,finding  new, previously unknown names of Holocaust victims: J. Schneidman, S. Fish (Sebezh), E. Igdalovoy (Nevel). The last name was revealed recently by the  student S. Kokareva  and handed over to Yad Vashem.






Common Project by RJC and Holocaust Center "Baton of remembrance" launched

02 2012

2 March  2012
In mid-February, the Russian Jewish Congress (REK) invited  the leaders of Jewish communities in Russia  to take part in a new project which was also supported by the Congress of FEOR on 13 February: on 15 and 17 February  the Co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, Ilya Altman,  negotiated in Yaroslavl and Kostroma  with the leaders of Jewish organizations.
Among the first  registered participants was the local religious organization of Orthodox Judaism, "Jewish Community of Smolensk", headed by  Zinovi Agranat (FEOR) author  of the book "Remember... and never forget," published in 2001. The book which was presented   in September comprises the names of at least 800 out of the 3,000 Jews of Smolensk  who became victims of Nazism.  Leonid Terushkin, head of archives of the Holocaust Center  stated: "We succeeded in making a number of materials contained in the Moscow archives better  accessible. The Holocaust Foundation  and Center  produced the “ Encyclopedia of the Holocaust “, where to the Holocaust in the  city, the ghetto and the region of Smolensk  was paid much attention. "
 On 1 March in Pskov a meeting of the regional representatives of the Holocaust  Center Tatyana Pasman and head of the Pskov Jewish Charity Center "Chessed Yitzhak" Bella Litvak took place,  where they decided also  to join the project . They will start working on 25 March with a presentation of Mafzir’s film  and a lecture on "The Holocaust in the Pskov region". On the agenda will be the formation of working groups and the discussion about the possibilities to find  non Jewish Holocaust witnesses in Pskov, remembering the names of victims. Though the project has yet started it can count on active participation by students and teachers from the  Pskov region  who already for many years  did research in this field.
One result  of the research  carried out by students r from Opotchka, O. Grigoryeva and M. Vasilyevan  was awarding the title of a “Righteous Among the Nations” to two citizens of Opotchka - Evgenya Ivanova and her father, Ivan Efimovich.
Members of the section of ethnography and oral history “Origins” of the Pskov region discovered during a comprehensive  exploration the history of the Holocaust in the Sebezh district ,finding  new, previously unknown names of Holocaust victims: J. Schneidman, S. Fish (Sebezh), E. Igdalovoy (Nevel). The last name was revealed recently by the  student S. Kokareva  and handed over to Yad Vashem.






Zhirinovsky and the Holocaust - a dangerous game with words

02 2012


2 March 2012
In  a programmatic essay  "What is good for  the Russian people  is good for  all”, published  on 1 March in the "Russian newspaper", the  presidential candidate and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party suggested  to found  in our country an “Institute of the Russian Holocaust in the Twentieth Century"  The co-chairman of the Holocaust Centre, Ilya Altman commented this: "This proposal is not without a certain comedy, when the "son of a lawyer" ends his essay with the remark that he does not accept foreign words" (such as constitution, president, etc). However the application of the term" Holocaust " to the death of millions of people in our country after 1918 is as unscientific as the application of the concept to the American Indians, "It must be pointed out that “at the end of the 1990s, Zhirinovsky named the day of Holocaust remembrance a strange holiday and refused a moment of silence for the victims. He, unlike other presidential candidates, rejected the RJCs suggestion to include the demand establishing a commemoration day for the Holocaust victims and liberators in his election manifesto.  For us there is no reason to be pleased that this term, having been introduced 20 years ago was now abused such an absurd manner.”


First results of the 2012 project group "Restoring dignity”

28 2012

28 February 2012
The first working group meeting took place in the framework of the Christian-Jewish dialogue in the Memorial Synagogue at the Poklonnaya hill. The chairman of the Eben-Ezer Fund in Russia, Yuri Vasyukov, presented the research results on the memorialization of the Holocaust in Russia  carried out by Protestant organizations in Russia
With regard to the erection of the monument in Lubavitch he stresses the success of education programs, which are carried out jointly with the Museum and Holocaust Centre  including a stay of a group of Protestant teachers in Yad Vashem.
One of the most important tasks to be he expected the Russian Protestants’  participation in the construction of Holocaust memorials in Russia, the expansion of international cooperation and the continuation of educational projects.
In this context, the project of installing plaques at the grave sites was presented, followed by a discussion how to involve young people in the project. Ilya Altman who advises the REK on issues of the Holocaust, outlined the coming tasks for 2012: The establishment of an "Avenue of the Righteous" in Lubavitch, the organization of commemorative events in Smolensk and Rostov and  the erection of a memorial of the executions in Mineralnye Vody, later a clip of  a new documentary film on this subject were shown.
The director of the museum fund, Natalia Anisina reported on a new distance learning project for Russian Protestants, which is realized together with the Holocaust Center
The meeting was attended by staff members of the Museum and the Holocaust Center and representatives of the main Protestant churches in Moscow and Petersburg, the “Association of former Ghetto Prisoners and War Veterans.



The "Baton of Remembrance”: the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and the Holocaust Center present a new method to collect the names of Holocaust victims

22 2012

22 February 2012
The REK addressed an appeal to the heads of the secular and religious Jewish organizations, the regional cultural self-governments, welfare organizations and Jewish schools and rabbis, to collect the names of Holocaust victims to be handed over to Yad Vashem. This should include non Jewish witnesses who shall be  asked about the names of their Jewish friends, colleagues and neighbors.
This action is suggested to be a part of the "Baton of Remembrance," which is carried out jointly with the Holocaust Center and   the project of names of “Yad Vashem.”  It is planned to show  the film "On the trail of forgotten remembrance"  and to establish  initiative groups in the regions. In preparing the recommendations for the implementation of these measures pedagogues, local historians, staff of museums and archives and representatives of veterans and other social and religious organizations will be consulted.
It is suggested that results will be handed to Yad Vashem at the Memorial  Day of  the Jewish Victims of Nazism and the Heroes of the Resistance “(Yom Shoah)  which will be the 19 April this year
For the implementation of the "Baton of Remembrance" the RJC provides funds  in the amount of 150 000 rubles  in order to support commemorative projects and publications on the Holocaust in the Russian Federation.




The representative of the Holocaust Center informs former ghetto prisoners in Israel about memorial projects

22 2012

22 February 2012
Gregory Reikhman attended  the 20th anniversary of the founding of Ashkelon Organization of former prisoners “Zichron Shoah "(Holocaust memory)  where he was awarded  with the certificate of  the All-Israeli organization" Survivors of concentration camps and ghettos "for his publications on the Holocaust  and Jewish heroism.
G. Reikhman informed the participants about the projects of the Russian Holocaust Center e.g. about the joint project with the REK "Restoring dignity". He commented on the "Snake canyon"  case and stated that the well-informed former prisoners   show solidarity  in the struggle for the restoration of historical justice  with the Russian Jews and particularly with the Jewish Community of Rostov.


Correspondence courses of the Holocaust Center

19 2012

19 February 2012
A special education project was launched by the Moscow Holocaust Center and the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust especially for Russian Protestants. Already in 2011,  25 representatives of the Union of Evangelical Christians (Baptists) participated in a correspondence course and submitted their theses:  in December 2011, 15 of them attended  a  weekly seminar at the Yad Vashem International School of.
This year a correspondence course for residents from Moscow and the cities of the Golden Ring was organized. On 12 and 19 February, students were handed out study materials,  and Ilya Altman and Natalia Anisina  gave an introduction to the topic.
Three graduates of the last seminar reported on their impressions. As topic for the course paper was proposed "Resistance against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Russia and the experiences of the Holocaust" .
In the first half of 2012, another group of Russian Protestants will participate in a correspondence course.


The archive of the Holocaust Center asks for support in the search for fallen Jewish soldiers

17 2012

17 February 2012
The coordinator of the search program of the Moscow Holocaust Center, Elena Shilinskaya, requests the relatives of fallen Jewish soldiers in WW  II to  help in the collecting  names. The current status of the search can be found at the address www.holocf.ru/pages/96.
For any questions,  please address  the head of the Archives of the Holocaust Centre, Leonid Terushkin (arch-holofond@mail.ru) or the representative of the Holocaust Center in Israel, Gregory Reikhman (reikhman@yahoo).




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