Seminars in Yaroslavl and Kostroma16 2012
15 -16 February
For the first time, a seminar on Holocaust was held at the Pedagogical University Yaroslavl by Ilya Altman and Natalya Anisina (Moscow Holocaust Museum). Aleksandr Yermakov, (Yaroslavl University) spoke about the presentation of the subject in German schoolbooks. A round table discussion was attended by 30 participants. Marina Yarosh, a graduate of the Holocaust Center’s trainings at “Yad Vashem” reported about her teaching experience.
Ilya Altman’s lecture about Holocaust denial was followed with great attendance by the students of the Historical Faculty.
In the evening a meeting took place with the active members of the Jewish community of Vladimir, where a joint project of the RJC and the Holocaust Center and the Yad Vashem documentation project “Shoah victims’ names recovery project " during which Boris Mafzir’s film "On the trail of lost remembrance“ was shown and the Moscow guests got the opportunity to visit the Jewish Museum in Yaroslavl.
A similar program was held on 16 February in the Kostroma region with lectures by I. Altman and the staff of the local university.
At a meeting with Rabbi Nisson-Mendl Ruppo in the Kostroma synagogue the project of the "Baton of Memory" was discussed. The Moscow visitors admired unique exhibits form the war and Ilya Altman suggested the creation of a virtual museum to make the exhibits accessible outside of Kostroma.
The seminars were sponsored by the President of the Russian Federation and the Claims Conference.
Training seminar on Holocaust in Vladimir04 2012
4 February 2012
The Moscow Holocaust Center with support from the “Institute for employees in education “in the Vladimir region, organized a seminar for about 40 teachers from the region on "Lessons of WW2 - the overcoming of ethnic stereotypes and tolerance education". Ilya Altman introduced new approaches in teaching and informed about the Holocaust Center’ activities. Prof. Elena Petrovich (Vladimir State-University) presented the results of her work on the subject, and Elena Shakhova, teacher and supporter of the Center told about her teaching experiences. A Round Table discussed problems of teaching of the Holocaust in the Vladimir region.
On 5 February, Prof Altman delivered a lecture at the State University of Vladimir.
Israeli and Russian archivists look back on 25 years of co-operation on Holocaust01 2012
1 February 2012
A Round Table "Archivists from Russia and Israel - 25 Years of Cooperation on Holocaust: Results and Perspectives" was held at the initiative of the Russian Holocaust Center with the participation of the Deputy Head of the Federal Archives Administration, Vladimir Tarasov, the cultural attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Russia, Jaffa Olovitzky and the Assistant to the Genesis Program at “Yad Vashem”, Tatyana Manusova. The nearly 25-year co-operation of archivists of the two countries was highly appreciated by all participants who expressed their hope for a further successful cooperation.
Alla Gerber, President of the Holocaust Fund against Shirinovski in TV discussion about the national question in Russia 30 2012
30 January 2012
Alla Gerber took part in a discussion organized by Rossya 1 about the national question in Russia. She sharply criticized Zhirinovski’s statements by emphasizing the necessity and great importance of law and the respect of the rights and dignity of all nationalities: this should be the basis and unifying element for all peoples of the Russian Federation.
The 6th International Conference of students, PhD students and young scientists "Holocaust remembrance and reminder," claim the introduction of a national Holocaust Memorial Day in Russia28 2012
January 26 to 28.2012. Last weekend, the 6th Conference of young scientists, PhD students and students took place under the direction
of the Holocaust Fund and Center, the Institute of History and Archives of the
Moscow State Humanities University and the Youth Forum for the Study of the
Holocaust at the Holocaust Center with financial support of the Russian
The conference brought together 25 young scientists from 12 cities of Russia and Belarus, with contributions on
"Historical research and the lessons of the Holocaust: open issues",
which were presented at plenary sessions and round tables.
On 26 January, they had the opportunity to participate in the memorial ceremony
.The conference was held on26th January in the commemoration synagogue, and on
28 th January at the Institute of History and Archives of the Moscow
University, where the participants were welcomed by the director, Professor A
Besborodov . Prof. Ilya Altman, Dr. Kiril Feferman (Holocaust Center), Dr Aron
Schneer (Yad Vashem Hall, of Names), Valery Ivanov, Dmitry Alekseev (Youth
Forum Holocaust) and Yekaterina Slotshevska (Memorial Synagogue).guided through
The topics of the contributions, which attracted high interest were extremely wide-ranging and
varied from concrete historical research methods (interview of witnesses) , the
history of the Holocaust in the regions, legal issues to problems of the building of a historical
One result of the conference was the adoption of a resolution for the
introduction of a national memorial day in Russia for the Jewish victims and
Moscow after Volgograd, Novgorod Veliky,
Saint Petersburg and Kazan the sixth hosting city of the conference.
RIA press conference:" Does the international Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January become official memorial day in Russia too?"27 2012
27th January 2012. In the conference participated Eva Schloss (the adopted daughter of Anne Frank's father), the President of the Russian Jewish Congress (REK), Yury Kanner, the co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, Ilya Altman, the chairman of the association " Giving back the dignity " ,Yury Dombrovski and the head of the "Shoah victims Names Recovery Project”at Yad Vashem, Boris Mafzir. At this occasion the coming commemorative events were presented. Yury Kanner appealed to all presidential candidates urging them to include the claim to anchor the remembrance of victims of the holocaust in their election programs and to declare the 27th January as the official commemoration. day.
Russia row over Nazi massacre site in Rostov-on-Don26 2012
24-01-2012. A row has erupted in Russia over the replacement of a Holocaust memorial plaque in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don which named Jews as victims.
In August 1942 Nazi German troops murdered at least 27,000 people at Zmiyevskaya Balka, regarded as the worst Holocaust atrocity in Russia.
More than half the victims were Jews, the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) says.
A new plaque does not mention Jews, but "peaceful citizens of Rostov-on-Don and Soviet prisoners-of-war".
The RJC, a secular foundation representing Russian Jews, says it will take legal action over the unauthorised decision to replace the former plaque, which spoke of "more than 27,000 Jews" murdered by the Nazis. That plaque had been put up in 2004.
According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Centre in Israel, 15,000-16,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Rostov-on-Don from August 1942 to February 1943.
In the Soviet Union memorials commemorating victims of Nazi massacres spoke of "Soviet citizens" rather than "Jews".
The former plaque mentioning Jews has now been put in the Zmiyevskaya Balka memorial hall, Rostov's Deputy Culture Minister Valery Gelas told Moscow Echo radio.
He admitted that the rules for historical memorials had been broken, but said the new plaque would remain and "we've done all we can".
He said the wording was in line with historical research and data presented to the Rostov cultural authorities.
RJC president Yuri Kanner said the site was "Russia's Babi Yar" - a reference to the notorious Nazi mass shootings of Jews near Kiev during World War II.
He said it was important to specify exactly who was shot at Zmiyevskaya Balka, pointing out that in law the Nazi slaughter of Jews "is considered a separate crime, with separate prosecutions".
"There could have been refugees from Poland, not necessarily Soviet citizens, it's not a question of citizens," he told Moscow Echo.
He said he did not believe the plaque decision was a case of anti-Semitism, rather that it was a local official's "attempt to do something to please somebody".
A Communist MP on the Russian parliament (Duma) committee for nationalities, Tamara Pletneva, said it was time to "forget our bitterness and live in peace".
"The memorial should commemorate all the war victims... the Soviet Union saved Jews, Russians saved Jews... so why single out Jews? We shouldn't single out any ethnic group."Sergey Shpagin, Tsentr Holocaust
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Memorial night at the synagogue of the Russian Jewish Congress on the "Poklonnaya Hill"26 2012
26th January 2012. This year 's Holocaust memorial evening took place on 26th January, organized by Fund and Centert Holocaust, the movement "A world against Nazism" with the participation of representatives of Europe and the city of Moscow.
Alla Gerber, president of the Holocaust Fund, led through the evening the evening, which had attracted a considerable number of guests which Alla Gerber brought the central concern of the organizers to a point: "We are committed to do everything that the greatest tragedy of the 20th Century can not be repeated again. And so it is now our main task to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and the courage of those who fought against it."
Boris Spigl first deputy chairman of the committee of the Federation Council for Constitutional Legislation and chair of the movement "World without Nazism" stresses that the history of the Holocaust, which had taken place 70 years ago, is still relevant . And that is why, political leaders and forces in different countries, aiming at a revision of the criteria of the Holocaust and the rehabilitation of the police forces which helped the German army to establish"order" in the occupied territories, justify deliberately fascism. They do not put the Holocaust on the agenda, but allow a resurgence of Nazism.
Then the guests of honor took the word. The Israeli ambassador Dorit Golender stated:"We are obliged to remember all the lessons from the 2nd WW and the Holocaust. And to this it belongs also to know the causes of the Holocaust. We have to think about why this terror was possible and do everything that it will never occur again. We have to explain clearly to the present and future generations: nobody can be indifferent towards anti-semitism, xenophobia and other forms of racial or religious intolerance " For the ambassador the tragedy of her people is linked directly with the tragedy of her family who has sto mourn many victims of the Shoah .
The German ambassador pointed out: "The Holocasut constitutes a crime, which complies with shame. And it will always be a part of the history of my country, which carries a special responsibility for Israel and the Jewish people. "This responsibility constitutes an additional guarantee for resistance against racial hatred and the idea of racial superiority.
Among the guests there were diplomatic representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus Turkey and the Council of Europe.
The participants of the conference spoke Russian, English, German, French and Spanish, but they all understood each other because they spoke a common language of friendship, of respect and of commemorating the past as a mean resisting to evil and violence in the presence.
The participants welcomed heartly an extraordinary guest: Eva Schloss, who went the tragic path of European Jews to Auschwitz. The fate brought his remarkable woman, born in Austria, escaping from the Nazis to Amsterdam together with the Frank family . Denounced by neighbours they were sent to concentration camp first Westerbork and then Auschwitz where her father and brother perished. Eva was liberated together with Anne's father Otto at Auschwitz. Her mother saved in a miraculously way after the war married Otto Frank, and so Eva became Anne Frank’s stepsister. So her presence at the opening of the exhibition "The World of Anne Frank" was of particular importance.. Eva Schloss came to Moscow for the first time and brought with her a book of memories and the military clothing she had received from Red Army soldiers at the liberation.
The organizers had prepared a special surprise for Eva Schloss : on the stage appeared three former soldiers who had liberated Auschwitz in late 1944. One could hardly imagine a meeting more symbolic and moving than that of the liberators and the liberated Yakov Vinitchenko , Ivan Martynushkin, and Yury Rivas-Kravkov are already aged. But they are three of millions of Red Army soldiers who rescued Jews and by that all mankind from the evil of fascism . The president of the REK Yury Kanner thanked all those who today oppose actively the emerge of anti-semitism and xenophobia: he handed over a document about an olive tree planted by the REK in Nazareth to Alla Gerber, Ilya Altman, Yury Dombrovsky and Boris Basyukov. He stress the vital contribution of the Soviet Union in the fight against fascism. The day of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army is the International Holocaust Day, but Russia remains one of the few countries that until now did not turn it into a national memorial day.
It is absolutely necessary to recognize the day officially in order to be in accordance with history and to remember the crimes of fascism, for each people can become a victim of genocide.
According to the tradition of the memorial evening the winners of the 10th International Holocaust competition "Holocaust – Remembrance and reminder" were awarded. The eleven winners from 1775 participants were invited to Moscow for the memorial soiree. The congratulations were made by the director of the UN Information Center in Moscow Aleksandr Gorelik, the director of the project "Giving back dignity " Yury Dombrovski and the director of the Eben-Ezer Fund, Boris Vasyukov.
The evening got an emotional touch by the Jewish choir, led by Aleksandr Zalyuk; the participationof the Roma ensemble “Black Eyes” was of symbolic significance for they represented another people, which became victim of the Nazi genocide . A glamorous accent was put on the soiree got by the contribution of the National Artist Tamara Gverziteli, whose songs will remain for a longtime in the memory of the audience.
Russian students and university students study the history of the Holocaust25 2012
25th January 2012. The 12th International Student's Annual Conference "Holocaust - Remembrance and admonition” took place on Poklonnaya Hill" in Moscow organized by Center and Fund "Holocaust" and the Jewish Museum: 20 higher class students and their teachers from the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia (from Kaliningrad to the Ural Mountains) took part.
The plenary sessions dealt with methods of working with historical sources and the history of the Shoah with the example of the region Chernivtsi and Pskov.
The sections dealt with the "Righteous among the nations" and "Holocaust in Literature and Art". The work done by the students consists a valuable help for the researchers at Yad Vashem
and may help to identifiy still a considerable number of Righteous. The conference included a guided tour through the museum and a meeting with Eva Schloss, the adopted daughter of Anne Frank's father.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day: program of events in Moscow24 2012
24th January 2012. On 26th January 26, 16.30h, memorial synagoge: opening of the memorial exhibition "The World of Anne Frank" in the presence of the Dutch ambassador Onno van Eldernbosch and the director of the Anne Frank House Eva Schloss. The winners of the 10th Holocaust competition will take part in the opening.
19.00h: begin of the commemorative evening organized by the Russian Jewish Congress, Fund and Center "Holocaust” and the movement "A World against Nazism'.
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