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Israel soldier - liberator and keeper of the memory of the Holocaust awarded with the Russian “In Memory of the People's Militia" Medal

27 2012

March 27, 2012
At the International School for Holocaust Studies and  the memorial  complex Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) the first ceremony took place  awarding the unique Russian Medal "In Memory of the People's militia" to veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 living in Israel. This award was established in accordance with the Presidential Decree № 49 of 9 January 2012, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the People's Militia (1612), the 200th anniversary of the participation of militia in the war of 1812 and the 70th anniversary of the heroic deeds of the militia divisions in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
The ceremony was attended by the head of the Russian speaking program of the Yad Vashem International School Dr. Irit Abramsky and staff member of Noah Segal, the chairpersons of the Russian Holocaust Center Alla Gerber and  Dr. Ilya Altman,  representative of  the Russian Holocaust  Center in Israel, Gregory Reikhman, and a large group of Russian teachers, participating in a seminar organized by the Moscow Holocaust Center in Israel. The  medal along with a certificate –was  awarded by the head of the Bryansk  group of the “Baton of remembrance” on behalf of the All  Russian  Union  "Revival", Alex Ekimtsev.
The first to receive this award was  a member of the All-Israeli  Union,of disabled veterans, soldiers and partisans and  fighters against the Nazism, living in Be'er Sheva, Leonid (Linden) Jankowski.
The representative of the Russian Holocaust Center, Gregory Reikman noted that the fate of Leonid Jankowski is a prime example of a "fighting Jew". A lecture on the topic was delivered  the evening before ,followed  by a contribution of the director of the “Museum of Military History”, (Hadera, Israel) David Zelvensky The energy of courage"   introducing to the exhibition "On the fire line. "
 I. Altman underlined that Leonid Jankowski - one of half a million of Jews -fighting in the Red Army, being  in liberator and eye witness in one person, guarded the memory of the Jewish tragedy  and heroism after  WW II
Born in 1923 in the Bryansk region he joined a battle group on the fourth day of the war at the age of not yet  seventeen. In late 1941 he fought near Moscow, participated in the battles around Rzhev, where he was wounded. He fought at Dembitsa and on 27 January 1945 he took part in the liberation of Auschwitz in the  Divison of General Petrenko.
In autumn 1943 Leonid Jankowski learned about the death of the Jewish population of his native town among them father, mother, two brothers and sisters who were shot by the Nazis  on 18 February 1942 in Zlynka.
Half a century later, together with the head of the School museum for local history, L. Taranova,  Jankowski undertook efforts to keep the memory of the Holocaust victims alive by collecting a list of names  including his relatives and friends and  sent them to Yad Vashem.
After settling in Israel in the early 90's Leonid Jankowski became an activist of the” Union of Disabled World War II-fighters against the Nazis”, and one of the initiators for the erection of the monument in Beer-Sheva for the Jews who perished at the front during World War II He also participated in numerous meetings with students and is the author of many newspaper publications.
 Leonid Jankowski  handed over unique documents from his personal archive to the archives of the Russian Holocaust  Center among them -photos of his the deceased parents and the original  newspaper of the 60th Army from 1rst September  1944, reporting on the battle for the heights in which he took part, as well as an unique collections of photographs of the political  leadership of his army division  and collection of documents  about the liberators, including the fund of the commander of  the 107th division, General V.Y. Petrenko, where  Jankowski served until the end of the war ...
Photo : Leonid Jankowski, 1945.

Ilya Altman was a keynote speaker at the international conference on the history of Second World War and the Holocaust in Toronto

25 2012


On March 25, Professor Ilya Altman representing the Russian Holocaust Center and also Yad Vashem where he conducts his postdoctoral project was a keynote speaker at the international conference on the history of Second World War and the Holocaust that opened in Toronto. Professor Altman’s presentation, “The Holocaust in the Soviet Union: Unknown Pages,” was the Annual Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Lecture in Holocaust Studies attended by more than 150 people. It opened an international conference “Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union during World War II” attended by scholars from Israel, Germany, Canada, and Russia (among them Dr. Gennadi Kostyrchenko, member of the Board of the Russian Holocaust Center).
In the evening of March 25, the University of Toronto organized a reception to honor its guest. He was greeted by the organizer of the annual lecture Mrs. Rose Wolf and the conference organizer professor Doris Bergen. In the past, such lectures were delivered by such prominent Holocaust scholars as Professor Dan Michman (Israel) and Professor Omer Bartov (USA).
Ilya Altman conducted negotiations on cooperation with the heads of Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto with an emphasis on participation in international scholarly contests and educational programs. Ilya Altman emphasized that “Starting from 2013, Canada will assume the Chairmanship of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research and it is of primary importance for us to cooperate with this country”. He mentioned a perfect organization of the conference. On the eve of the conference, a local newspaper in Russian published a big article on the activities of Russian Holocaust Center and its scholarly publications.

 

"HOLOCAUST" - THE NEWSLETTER OF THE RUSSIAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL HOLOCAUST CENTER AND THE HOLOCAUST FOUNDATION

23 2012

No. 55 January 2012.Note from the Editor. In this issue we present various aspects of teaching and studying of the Holocaust in Russia. The year culminated in the inclusion of Holocaust in State examination on history. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, teachers and schoolchildren representing more than eighty percent of the country’s regions participated in the scholarly contest on Holocaust. Our Center participated in more than 10 seminars supported by the grants of the President of Russian Federation and Claims Conference: they were conducted from the Far East and Siberia to Baltic Sea. Supported by local authorities many cities hosted events that commemorated 70 years from the beginning of the Holocaust on the territory of the Russian Federation. Supported by the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research, the Center conducted international conference on Holocaust memorialization in St. Petersburg.
Representatives of various confessions and ethnic communities took active part in erecting monuments and were engaged in educational programs. International Holocaust Memorial Day was widely commemorated in Russia (although not at the official level). Traditional ceremony took place on January 27 at the Central House of Writers; it brought together more than 500 Russian public figures.
Such memorial evenings held all over Russian with the Center’s support, are the most visible sign of public commemoration of Holocaust in Russia. Yet, they cannot and should not substitute recognition of the Holocaust by Russian state as Russian national memorial day (The Russian Holocaust Center proposes to include in this day also the recognition of the role of the red Army in the rescue of Jews). In 2011, national Holocaust day was introduced in Ukraine. Unfortunately, for various reasons Russian state refrain from making such a step.
We would like to highlight one case widely covered by world media. It does not allow us to think that Russian officialdom internalized the Holocaust uniqueness and universality: in November 2011, memorial plaque carrying the text on Holocaust victims was removed in Rostov-on-Don.…
Now we conduct active preparation to mark 70 years from the tragedy in this city. International scholarly conference and educational seminar, alongside a set of memorial actions scheduled to be held in the city in August 2012 will make it possible for Russia to view Holocaust concerned as a part of its own history. 
Download from the page:  http://www.holocf.ru/pages/7
Or: №55(PDF)


56th edition of the information bulletin “Holocaust “(Russian edition)

23 2012

23 March  2012
In his editorial I. Altman pointed out that the present issue focuses on the memorial and educational programs in Russia. Many cities organized memorial events dedicated to 70th anniversary of the Holocaust on the territory of the Soviet Union, as  in Pushkin, Taganrog, Lubavitch. The International Holocaust remembrance day was widely memorialized in Russia (although not on an official level)  Teachers and students  from over 80% of the Russian regions  participated the 11th  contest of the Holocaust Center  with interesting new contributions to this topic.
 It is important to keep in mind that the installation of monuments and the conduct of educational programs have been actively supported by representatives of various religious and national communities.
One example however, having been extensively reported in international  mass media, does not allow to believe  that  understanding of the unprecedented nature and the universality of the Holocaust  came into minds of those who should feel obliged to honor the memory of Nazi victims : in November 2011  in Rostov-on-Don,  a memorial plaque  with an inscription  mentioning the victims of the Holocaust was replaced ...
The Russian Holocaust Center is  preparing for the 70th anniversary of the tragedy in  the Snake Canyon  In August 2012 an international scientific conference and  seminars will take part , along with a series of commemorative events: this is  essential in order that  Russia should acknowledge the Holocaust as an important part of its own history.
Almost simultaneously the 55th issue of the  English version of the Bulletin in English appeared,
To download both the Bulletin  in both languages please click
http://www.holocf.ru/pages/7


"From Moscow to the furthest borders ..."

19 2012

19 March 2012
They come from all parts of Russia, the teachers of schools, universities, heads of educational programs and museum staff, who will take part in the next seminar at Yad Vashem.  The 25 Russian participants come from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg , Kemerovo , Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Ivanovo and Murmansk regions, Krasnodar, Rostov, and Tomsk, and  one participant from Lithuania. There will be a rich program of intensive studies not only of the tragedy of the Holocaust and the teaching methods of this topic in Israel, including meetings with eye witnesses of the Shoah and World War II veterans, but  they will  be introduced  in the history and geography of the country as a whole by visiting museums and important sights in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (e.g. Diaspora Museum).
 A brief introductory discussion showed that each of the participants came to the seminar with interesting elaborations that will be presented at upcoming seminars.


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.”




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