Students winners of the contest of reports about the Holocaust will report at the UNESCO Headquarters20 2015
November, 20 /2015
Partners of the Russian “Holocaust” Center – Association Verbe et Lumière – Vigilance (France) and European Simon Wiesenthal Center have allocated a grant for participation of the winners and laureates of our Center’s contest (nomination “students and young researches”) in the next annual presentation of the reports about the Holocaust in the UNESCO Headquarters. It will be held in July 2016 in Paris.Read more
Round Table “The Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Russia as a Way to Preserve Historical Memory and Reconciliation”16 2015
On the 12th of November a Round table devoted to Jewish-Christian dialogue took place at the Moscow Memorial Synagogue on the Poklonnaya Gora.
A similar conference ushered a mutual project “Return Dignity” 5 years ago. The organizers of the Round table were Russian Jewish Congress, Russian Holocaust Center, leaders of the Moscow Christian evangelical communities. The President of the “Holocaust” Foundation and Co-chairman of the Russian “Holocaust” Center Alla Gerber greeted the participants of the Round table and told about mutual work with the Protestants for immortalization of the Holocaust victims. This was also mentioned in the reports of Boris Vasyukov, the Head of the “Eben-Ezer” Foundation, Chief Rabbi of Russia Adolf Shayevich and others.
Leaders of the Jewish and Christian communities of more than 120 Russian cities as well as representatives of the various governmental, international and non-governmental organizations of Russia and other countries attended the Round table.
Co-chairman of Russian Holocaust Center Ilya Altman visited Japan13 2015
From the 31st of October to the 14st of November 2015 Co-chairman of Russian Holocaust Center Ilya Altman was in Japan in accordance with the invitation of the Kokushikan University in Tokio. He visited many memorial sites in Tsaruga and Kobe associated with the transit of the Jewish refugees who had entered there with the visas issued by Chiune Sugihara, the Consul in Lithuania. Russian scientist was warmly met by the Mayor of Tsaruga.Read more
New documents and facts about Chiune Sugihara will be presented in Japan06 2015
November, 3 2015
Co-chairman of Russian “Holocaust” Center (RHC), Advisor the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) President Ilya Altman is visiting Japan in the frames of the project of perpetuating the memory of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara. On the 1st of November he met with Madoko Sugihara, the granddaughter of Chiune Sugihara, and Miti Sugihara, the widow of his son. Ilya Altman visited the grave of the Righteous Among the Nations in the city of Kamakura.
“This is the first time we visit the grave of grandfather together with Russian Professor, and I am very grateful for that. I think my grandfather would be very happy that it happened. He loved Russia so much”, - commented granddaughter of the diplomat Madoko Sugihara.
On the 2-3 of November Ilya Altman was in Tsuruga city, where refugees with Sugihara’s visas arrived in the autumn of 1940. He visited the museum “Port of humanism” and met with the mayor of Tsuruga Mr. Takanobu Fuchikami. On the behalf of President of RJC Yuri Kanner the plaque, a copy of a memorial plaque in honor of Chiune Sugihara, which will be installed on the building of the hotel “Ukraine” in Moscow, was presented to mayor. Another copy of the plaque will be presented to Sugihara’s family on the 13th of November at the Russian Embassy in Japan.
During the trip to Japan Ilya Altman will read lectures at the universities in Sapporo, Hiroshima and Tokyo, he will tell about new documents on the transit of Jewish refugees and the role of the Soviet Union in it.
The visit was organized by the invitation of the University of Kokushikan in Tokyo (Professor Jacob Zinberg) and with the assistance of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the UN Information Center in Moscow.
1. Photo by Roman Maltsev. From left to right: Miti Sugihara, Ilya Altman, Madoko Sugihara
2. Presentation of a memorial plaque to the mayor of Tsuruga
The act of courage of the Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara immortalized in Russia03 2015
October, 14, 2015
A memorial meeting devoted to the Japanese diplomat, Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara and problems of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust was held at the hotel «Radisson Royal Hotel» (former "Ukraine"). The meeting was conducted by the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and Russian Holocaust Center (RHC).
The name and the memory of the diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during the Second World War will be immortalized with the plaques in Moscow and Kaliningrad. In Moscow a plaque will be installed at the place where Sugihara worked in 1963-1971 in Japanese Mission of trading firms, whose office was situated in the room №915 of the hotel "Ukraine".
Co-Chairman of RHC Ilya Altman introduced for the first time the new documents and the facts in connection with the transit of Jewish refugees through the Soviet Union, Japanese diplomat relations with the Soviet Union and the role of the USSR in the transit of refugees. President of RJC Yuri Kanner told about the plans of perpetuating the life and exploits of Sugihara in Russia. 82-year-old Sugur Kawamura, who worked with Sugihara as a secretary, introduced a new book about Sugihara with his afterword, and told about the work of Sugihara in Moscow.
Photo: Alla Gerber and Lithuanian Ambassador in Russia Remigijus Motuzas
Responses of the media:NHK The Mainichi
The Holocaust: 70 Years Later13 2015
13 of October
Proceedings from the International Forum and the Ninth International Conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia”. Compiled by Ilya Altman, Natalia Anisina, and Leonid Terushkin. Ilya Altman, Igor Kotler and Jürgen Tsaruski (eds). Moscow, 2015. 352 p.
The contributors are scholars from fifteen countries, who in their analysis of the Holocaust and other tragedies of the twentieth century also deal with the elements of memorialization and teaching. The tragic fates that befell certain persecuted groups during World War I, and which have come to be viewed, to some extent, as a prelude to the Holocaust, are examined in both their theoretical and historically specific aspects. Based on the analysis of archival documents as well as modern historiography, the authors discuss avenues of approach to studying the remaining lacunae in Holocaust history. They share their diverse teaching experience, and, in their contributions, are able to bring to bear training as educators gained in a variety of countries.
The collection was published in the series “Russian Library of the Holocaust” and is dedicated to the memory of the first President of Russian Holocaust Center Mikhail Gefter (1918-1995).
The collection is intended to World War II researchers, museum workers, archivists, educators, students and local historians.
We Cannot Remain Silent13 2015
13 of October
We Cannot Remain Silent – Pupils and Students about the Holocaust (12th edition)
The annual edition of the collection of essays and articles of the winners of the XIV International Competition “Remembering the Holocaust – Path to tolerance” and participants of the IX International Youth Conference “The Holocaust: memory and prevention” organised by the Russian Holocaust Center is published in the series “Russian Library of the Holocaust”.
Contributors are pupils and students from 11 regions of Russia and the Republic of Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. The collection is compiled by Tatiana Pasman (Pskov) and Maria Gileva (Arkhangelsk).
The articles of pupils are significantly devoted to local history, including interviews with survivors and witnesses of the extermination of Jews. A special place is taken by the studies about the plight of children during the Holocaust, the issue of resistance to the Nazi policy during the Great Patriotic War, the problems of spiritual resistance to Nazism and neo-Nazism.
Researches of students and young scientists and methodologically and thematically divided into three blocks. Historical and theoretical aspects of the Holocaust are examined in the first block. The second block is devoted to a detailed consideration of the impact of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide on art and the fates of artists. The authors of the third block have focused on the problems and ways of disseminating knowledge about the Holocaust.
The project is financed with the generous support of the President of the Russian Federation based on the competition conducted by the National Charitable Foundation. The series is published with the support of the Russian Jewish Congress and the Moscow JOINT branch.
Russian Ministry of Education and Science approved the guidelines of the Russian Holocaust Center13 2015
13th of October
Russian Ministry of Education and Science sent a special letter with the guidelines on teaching about the Holocaust to Russian regions. The guidelines are addressed to the local educational departments, Institutes of Advanced Training of Teachers and Institutions of Higher Education of social and humanitarian profile. The Institutions are encouraged to participate in the annual International Russian Holocaust Center Competition “Remembering the Holocaust – Path to tolerance”. The guidelines have been prepared by the Russian Holocaust Center with the state support allocated as a grant.
INTERNATIONAL FORUM “THE HOLOCAUST: 70 YEARS LATER” IN MOSCOW06 2015
The International Forum “The Holocaust: 70 Years Later” was held in Moscow on the 22-26 of June. It was conducted by the Russian Holocaust Center, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) and the Institute of Contemporary History (Germany), supported by the Russian Jewish Congress. Researchers and teachers from 20 Russian regions and 12 countries attended. The international conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia” was organized within the Forum, the panels were held in the Russian State University for the Humanities.Read more
Family Reunion 31 2015
Today at Yad Vashem two cousins who have found each other thanks to Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names met for the first time. It was a very emotional and unexpected meeting. The grandmothers of Tatiana Zuckerman of Moscow (66) and Shalhevet Sara Ziv of Kfar Sava (67) were sisters.
Tatiana came especially from Moscow to take part in an educator's seminar at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, coordinated in partnership with the Holocaust Foundation based in Moscow. She believed all her life that she had almost no extended family, and that apart from her mother, Rachel Perelman (Milenki) (87), a survivor of the Minsk Ghetto and Auschwitz (who now lives in New York), and a very small number of distant cousins, no family members who survived the Holocaust. During her visit, Tatiana asked for assistance in searching Yad Vashem's databases to check for information about her family and their fate during the Holocaust. To her surprise Tatiana found a Page of Testimony on the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names commemorating Tzeril Milennki, her grandmother who was killed in the Minsk ghetto. The Page of Testimony was submitted in 2011 by Shalhevet Ziv, a grandniece of Tzeril.
Yad Vashem staff helped Tatiana locate Shalhevet and through searches on Facebook- were able to connect Tatiana and Shalhevet. The two talked (with the help of a translator – since Tatiana speaks only Russian) and confirmed that they are in fact related. Shalhevet came to Yad Vashem the next morning (today) to meet Tatiana before she returns to Moscow on Tuesday. The two cousins were so thrilled to meet each other. Tatiana and Shalhevet immediately felt a strong family connection and talked for hours comparing their family narratives and history as well as their lives today. Shalhevet showed Tatiana the family pictures and documents that she had found over the years and explained how her grandmother, Sarah Milenki, Tzeril's sister, was burned alive along with other Jews of her town in the synagogue in Rakov.
This was especially meaningful and poignant for Shalhevet who has invested many years and much effort investigating the roots of her family. As a tribute to her grandmother Sara who was murdered in the Holocaust, Shalhevet has made it her mission to share her family's legacy. After meeting with Tatiana, she is now able to continue and develop her research of the family tree, making corrections and additions based on information she has learned from her newly found cousin. She is preparing to publish a book based on her research, in which she was able to trace the roots of her family as far back as 1838. Tatiana feels that she has been given the gift of a family, "I cannot wait to share this discovery with my mother, she will be deeply moved to know that others survived. All these years we believed we were the only ones."
Shalhevet said elatedly with tears in her eyes to Tatiana, "You have a big family now in Israel!"
The other educators participating in Tatiana's seminar also joined to meet Shelhevet and take a photograph together. They were very excited for Tatiana and her discovery of her new family in Israel.
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem serves as a world hub for Holocaust education, attracting educators from around the globe. Pedagogical materials and teacher-training activities are being constantly developed to create tailor-made programs for each visiting group, thus training an international cadre of educational leaders who continue to disseminate the School’s unique teaching philosophy across a variety of cultures. In 2014, the International School engaged with over 20,000 educators. Among its scores of pedagogical activities, the School conducted more than 150 long-term seminars and 370 teacher-training days.
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