The Holocaust Center presents new teaching material about the Righteous among the Nations01 2012
With the beginning
year the Holocaust Centre provides
Russian teachers with new teaching material edited by I.A. Altman and D.I.
Poltorak. 56 page-long package “The
Righteous in Russia,
published by “Russkoe Slovo” Publishing House in late 2011, consists of a collection
of documents and methodological recommendations. The first part
includes documents and eyewitness reports, cards and photographies, 31 reports
either by the rescuers or the rescued people and a description and photos of
the Righteous medals and documents.
The second part presented
in a form of a brochure offers methodological recommendations for the use of
The volume includes
documents and photographs featuring the most outstanding stories how Russsian
citizens saved Jews. They are followed by documents describing the rescued Jews
who lived or still live in Russia
and cover all Russian regions occupied during the war.
Copies can be ordered
Russia celebrates the International Day of Remembrance of Holocaust victims30 2011
30th December 2011. In the context of Holocaust memorization on 24th January a memorial event will be held in the house of film in attendence of the Ambassador of Israel, Dorit Golender and Co-chairmen of the Holocaust Center I. A.Altman. There will be shown the documentary film by Boris Mafzirfilm about the Yad Vashem project "On the path of forgotten remembrance" . This project consists in the search for witnesses from various countries remembering the names of people who perished in the shoah. The documents will be collected and controlled by historians at Yad Vashem:as many names as possible should find their place on the walls in the hall of names.
The 10th International Holocaust Competition: first results25 2011
25th December 2011. In the 10th international
competition 1775 students, teachers and university
students from 12 countries (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Israel, Kazakhstan, Krygystan,
Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, USA, Ukraine and Estonia) took part. Submissions
came from71 of the 83 regions, most of them from city and region Moscow.
A record could be reached with the methodological contributions by teachers,
almost half a thousand submissions, not only devoted to the subject but also providing
practical experience Among the students
(936) submissions creative approaches predominated such as essays and drawings.
University student sent 347 contributions:the main award consists in a visit at
the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The winners will be invited on 25 January for the international holocaust
memorial day in Moscow.
Starting from now contributions for the next competition can be submitted: more
than 80 have already been sent.
The issue “Holocaust in Russia” is on mind in Japan too20 2011
20th December 2011. During a stay in Japan Ilya Altman lectured at the Rikkyo and Wasseda
Universitya about research and study of
the holocaust in Russia and informed about new documents of the Russian ministry of foreign affairs concerning the
transit of Jewish refugees 1940-41.
The deputy director of the archives of the JapaneseMinistry of ForeignAffairs,
Maasaki Schiriaschi, author of a recent monograph on Tiune Sugichare, a
Japanese diplomat and Righteous among the Nations and a specialist for the
foreign policy of Lithuania
before the second World War II contributed a co-lecture.. The first Russian-Japanese Seminar on Holocaust was
organized by Prof. Takao Suzuki and David Wolf, experts for the history of Jews
in the Middle East and Japanese-Russian relations.
President of the Holocaust Fund, Alla Gerber meets leading members of the of the Israeli Union of Soldiers and Guerrilla Fighters - Invalids of the War Against Nazis,19 2011
19th December 2011. The press secretary of the association and editor of the Russian edition of the "Voice of the Invalids of War “, Moshe Spitzburg led the visitor through the exhibition" 17 000 – who will live forever " which consists of 17 000 photographs of members of the association from the war and the postwar period.
Alla Gerber informed the president of the association, Roman Jagel, extensively about the activities of the Holocaust Fund and Center, stressing the long lasting ties of friendship and common work and the joint efforts in memorizing holocaust and Jewish heroism during World War II and fighting against the falsification of history.
Roman Jagel and his deputy Savely Kliner presented an Israeli commemorative medal of the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazism to Alla Gerber.
Invitation to the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the killed partisans from Bryansk and to the awarding of a commemorative medal16 2011
16th December 2011. The managing director of the Bryansk regional Jewish Welfare Center "Hesed Tikva" (welfare) I. Chernak invited the co-chairman of the Holocaust Center I.A. Altman and the head of the archive LA Terushkin for the 17th January to Bryansk for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of two partisans, Zima Kritchevskaya and Lena Janek.
At this day, the commemorative medals in honor of the killed partisan will be awarded, among the honored are I.A. Altman and L.A. Terushkin.
Statement of the Russian-Jewish Congress, Center and Fund "Holocaust", the Moscow office of Human Rights concerning the removal of the plaque commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Rostov-on-Do13 2011
13th December 2011. This year it is 70 years ago since the Holocaust on the territory of the Soviet Union began. On the sites of the executions the victims were commemorated and monuments were erected, Lithuania declared the year 2011 as the Year of the Holocaust and in Kyiv mourning ceremonies took place with the participation of government representatives , and in many Russian cities other Holocaust was commemorated. In Lyubavichi (Smolensk region) on 10th November a memorial was inaugurated with joint efforts of Jewish and Christian organizations The more surprising therefore are the events at the Zmieskaya balka (Snake Canyon) in Rostov-on-Don, the so-called "Russian Babi Yar."
In October 2004 the mayor signed a resolution on the establishment of a memorial plaque with the inscription: "On 11th and 12 thAugust 1942 27 000 Jews were murdered here by the Nazis. This is the biggest holocaust memorial place in Russia. "The memorial plaque was set up with funds from the Jewish community. But on 29th November 2011t- for the first time in modern Russian history - the text was replaced by the standard formulations of the" peaceful Soviet citizens". According to the decision of the municipal administration the new inscription reads: "Here, in the Snake Canyon in August 1942 more than 27 000 peaceful citizens of Rostov and Soviet prisoners of war were murdered by die Nazi occupators. Among the killed were many nationalities. On the territory of the Soviet Union the Snake Canyon represents the biggest site of mass executions of Soviet citizens by the fascist invaders in the Great Patriotic War "
On this place of terror people of different nationalities lost their lives. The first killed were prisoners of war of the Red Army who were forced to dig the huge ditches. A Russian man followed his wife into death: now the Armenian mother is lying with her children and her husband in the same grave. Here, the Rostov partisans and patients of the psychiatric hospital were killed. We bow our heads in memory of all victims of the Nazis and their helpers (about whom the text does not say a word.) But this place of execution of the Nazi Sonderkommando (special units) was explicitly chosen with the aim of exterminating Jews, and Jews were killed only for the reason for being Jews.
It is of symbolic significance that just in the statement of Pravda from February 1943 about the tragedy in Rostov the word "Jew" for the first time was replaced by "peaceful Soviet citizens". This shows how far this tradition can be traced back in the past of the Soviet press.
Outstanding artists and poets, as the poet Evgeny Evtushenko, Anatoly Kuznezov, Viktor Nekrasov, the composer Dmitry Shostakovitch others stood up for the right to mention the nationality of the principal victims of Babi Yar and other places where executions took place
Russia belonged to the founders of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day: the entire civilized world recognizes the fact of the holocaust. The point is not to single out the Jewish victims but to point out the dangerous character of the Nazi ideology and its consequences:any nation can become the victim of genocide.
The decision taken on the eve of the celebrations on occasion of the 70 th anniversary of the tragedy of Rostov seems strange. In August 2012, at the inauguration of the monument in the Snake Canyon several hundred people from all over the world will gather to commemorate the the victims of the holocaust and of all who died here during the Great Patriotic War.
We insist that in the near future, an inscription corresponding to the historical truth will be restored
The president of the RJC Y.I. Kanner,
Russia commemorates the murder of Latvian Jews and the heroes of the Battle of Moscow11 2011
On 11th December in the synagogue on the “Poklonnaja hill” a memorial service took place for the victims of the liquidation of the Riga ghetto . This was the fourth and final event organized by the Russian Jewish Congress (REK) and the Holocaust Center in cooperation with the embassies of former Soviet republics in which these tragedies happened. memorizing the beginning of the Holocaust 70 years ago in Lithuania, the Ukraine, Belarus and Latvia .
Yury Kanner,President of the Russian Jewish Congress opened the meeting by stressing the necessity to maintain the memory particularly in the countries in which the holocaust occurred, and trying, to initiate education projects and programs leading to more mutual understanding and tolerance.
After a minute of silence Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, spoke the Kaddish.
The extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Latvia, Edgars Skuja draw attention to the brave deeds of Jannis Lipke, the Latvian Righteous among the Nations and the education - and commemorative programs in Latvia
Ilya Altman, who led through the event, reported about the rescue of two women who survived miraculously the shooting of Latvian Jews in Rumbula forest near Riga. In a mass action in early December 1941 almost all inhabitants of the Riga ghetto - about 30 000 people - were killed. The memories of these women Frida Michelson and Ella Medalje were presented during the evening.
Traditional guests of honour were the director of the” Eben-Ezer-Fund” Boris Vasyukov and the chairman of the museum’s advisory board , Prof.Yury Dombrovsky, whose fate is connected in a miraculous way with Frida Michelson: her son Yury and he were fellow students.
The first part of the evening ended with the presentation of materials about the heroes of the Soviet Union Isaj Illasarov, a mountain Jews, who started his military career in the battle of Moscow, and was buried in the Latvian town Bauska in 1944.
The topic of tolerance and participation of various peoples of the Soviet Union in the Battle of Moscow, was continued at a round table. Leonid Terushkin, director of the archives reported about the Latvian unit fighting near Moscow.
The participants of the commemoration evening were the first to see the new exhibition, which was organized by the archive of the Holocaust Center with items from the war correspondent D.A. Minsker’s personal archive. Besides his personal belongings and photographs, there was presented the legendary Leika with a specific device for the operation with the left hand after being wounded. His daughter Galina Davidovna Minsker told about her father’s military merits.
Then the staff member of the museum, Alexander Angel, reported about the heroic Jewish soldier Lazar Papernik who as the last surviving fighter of his unit blow himself up with his last grenade. Already in Soviet times a Moscow street was named after him, and since December 2012 a Moscow school carries his name. The evening closed with a lecture by A.S. Engels about the development and application of anti-tank mines in the Battle of Moscow.
Member of the scientific staff of the Holcaust Center takes part in a scientific conference at Yad Vashem08 2011
From 5th-8th. December an international scientific conference on "Methodological problems of research of the history of Russian Jews during the Holocaust" took place at Yad Vashem. This was the first conference organized by the recently founded Holocaust-Research Center as part of the "International Institute for Holocaust Research," with generous support by the “Genesis Foundation".
Young scientists from CIS countries also participated in the conference. Leonid Rein’s (Israel) contributions concerning methodological problems of research about collaboration on the territory of the USSR attracted much attention, as well as Aleksei Chewardin’s (Ekaterinburg) about Soviet and Polish citiziens’ anti-semitism in the Urals during WW II. Great interest aroused the literature section, especially the contribution made by the postgraduate student from the University "Paris 8", Xenia Kovrigina with her thorough analysis of Soviet fiction on the Holocaust. The Russian Holocaust Center was represented by Dr. Kiril Feferman, lecturing on the evalution of Soviet eyewitnesses’ reports done still during the war.
The conference aroused great interest among the scientific community, and demonstrated the importance to make the post-Soviet and in particular Russian Holocaust Research accessible to international researchers
Books of the Holocaust Center at the 13 International Fair of Non-fiction Books02 2011
2th December 2011. The Holocaust Center presented its publications at the 13th “International Fair of Non-fiction Books”, which took place from 30th November to 4th December 2011 in the Central House of Artists in Moscow at the publisher Text and Novyi Xronograf
On 15th December among others, Alla Gerber, president of the Holocaust Foundation participated in the presentation of Primo Levi’s autobiographical report “If this is a man” about the eleven months he spent in Auschwitz.
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