Russian Federation Council discusses national memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust02 2011
On 2th December the spokeswoman of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, met with the president of the Holocaust Foundation and member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Alla Gerber.They discussed the question of establishing a national memorial day for victims of the Holocaust and the commemoration of 70th Anniversary of the "Russian Babi Yar," the murder of the Jews of Rostow Ms Matvienko who represented the Russian Federation at the International Holocaust Conference in Stockholm in 2000, stressed the need to keep awake the memory of the victims of the Shoah by memorial and educational measures.
Round Table "The Nuremberg Trial and the new world order" in Kiev 25th November 2011 On the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Nuremberg sentences, the co-chairman of the 25 2011
25th November 2011. On the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Nuremberg sentences, the co-chairman of the Holocaust Center, Ilya Altman was included in a ten-member Russian delegation for the round table "The Nuremberg Trial and the new world order" in the Diplomatic Academy in Kiev, which attracted great public interest.
Russia was represented among others by the minister of justice Konovalov, the Duma deputy Medinsky and the journalists Kudryashov, Archangelsky and Venediktov.
Today it is possible to build up a constructive dialogue under the aspect of the priority of human rights and the emergence of national identities on the basis of the Nuremberg principles, which became fundamental for the codification of international law and international criminal jurisdiction in the postwar period,
The discussion about the Nuremberg Trial may constitute an important step on the way to a common historical memory of the CIS countries and Europe about the second World War.
Such an event is of particular importance for Ukraine, because for this counrty the judgements of Nuremberg are connected with painful memories
Holocaust Memorial Erected in Lubavitch16 2011
A Holocaust memorial commemorating the 483 local Jews who were murdered in November 1941 was dedicated in the Russian city of Lubavitch.
Erected at the behest of the Russian Holocaust Center and the Russian Jewish Congress’ Restore Dignity Project, the memorial marks the spot where Nazi forces gathered residents in a small ravine by the city’s slaughterhouse before massacring the lot. The monument, which was unveiled last Thursday, includes the names of 74 people whose names could be confirmed by Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum and research institute.
At the unveiling ceremony, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan, director of Moscow’s Bronnaya Synagogue, and Smolensk regional Chief Rabbi Levi Mondshine led attendees in a traditional memorial prayer. The town of Lubavitch served as the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement until the Fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn, moved to Rostov in the early 20th century.
The ceremony was attended by Smolensk deputy Gov. Sergei Goryunov and other local officials, Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kaner, Israeli diplomats and Jewish community members.
By Tamar Runyan
The letter to Ilya Altman
"Dear Ilya Alexandrovich,
Thanks a lot for your warm words said at the ceremony at Lubavichi and directed to Russia’s Evangelical Christians. I am glad that such an important event took place. We did not know how people would respond to our call in churches, but thank God, everything went fine.
When I contacted Jewish public organization in Belgorod I noted that people were not so eager to do something for the alive, let alone the dead. Therefore, it was pleasure to see that not only Jews responded to this call but also bishops, pastors, and simple laymen belonging to Russia’s Evangelical churches.
At the ceremony, Yuri Kanner asked “Why?” To this question we need to answer ourselves and people. Why are we doing it? We are not politicians, we do not need political gains. We even lose something by getting involved in such projects. Yet, we get much much more. This is our gratitude to the Lord, our atonement, our stretched hands of peace and love, our hearts. We are doing it because 2,000 years ago one young Jew brought to heathen a light of Torah, 10 commandments, the highest moral law. For us this is not a secular event, this is an important spiritual action. I believe that today we change the face of Russia and church. Russia is not only about pogroms and church is not only about crusades and curses against Jews. It is also us, millions of Russian Evangelical Christians whose heart contains a candid love of and openness to Jewish people who gave Savior to this world.
God save Russia and have mercy on us.
Boris Kohan, pastor"
Record participation in 10th Holocaust Competition 201116 2011
The 16th November was the deadline for this year’s competition "Lessons from the Holocaust - ways to tolerance”. In comparison with last year the number of entries has doubled to about 1500, most of them were sent in the very last days. Contributions which will arrive after 16th November will automatically take part in the next competition.
The results will be published on our website in January. All participants will receive a certificate and the winners - valuable prizes.
Holocaust Memorial at Lubavichi to be inaugurated on November 10, 201108 2011
On November 10, 2011, at 2 pm a monument will be inaugurated in the locality of Lubavichi (Rudnya county, Smolensk district, Russia). It is dedicated to the memory of 483 Jews executed by the Germans and their accomplices in November 1941.
This project is the first successful example of cooperation between the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC), the Russian Holocaust Center, and Russia’s Evangelical Christian communities. It is symbolic that the monument will open in the course of the International Week of Tolerance.
Lubavichi was one of the most famous centers of Judaism hosting religious schools whose students came to lead Jewish communities in Europe and USA. Therefore, the Germans destroyed local Jews with particular cruelty. The execution took place in a small ravine on the territory of slaughterhouse. Jews were shot in the head or beaten to death with sticks. Little children were dug alive.
Jewish settlement in Lubavichi existed for three centuries. Its entire population was wiped out in one day…
For many years, on the execution site there was only a symbolic rectangle with a five-pointed star but bearing no inscription. In 2002, Russian and German students erected there a memorial sign.
The memorial will be inaugurated within the framework of the “To Return Dignity” project launched by the RJC President Yuri Kanner. Creation of the memorial was handled by a working group headed by the Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center, scientific supervisor of the Holocaust Museum at the RJC Memorial synagogue on Poklonnaya Gora Ilya Altman and the director of “Even Ezer” Foundation Boris Vasyukov. Jewish national-cultural autonomy in the Smolensk district under Dmitri Levant who also heads the RJC regional branch also took part in the creation of the monument.
The memorial complex (sculptor Alexey Zamlely, architect Vladislav Kondrat’yev) includes an original monument featuring Jewish motives. Thousands of Evangelical Christians all over Russia contributed their personal means to offset the costs of the planning and construction of the memorial. They left an inscription “Forgive us” on a granite plaque. The text in Russian, English and Hebrew provides the date and details of the execution. Names of 74 murdered Jews were ascertained with the help of the Yad Vashem Project on documenting the names of Jews perished during the Holocaust in the USSR. Their names are carved in separate plaques.
The inauguration of the memorial will be attended by the heads of the Smolensk district, Russian Jewish, religious, youth and public organizations, and representatives of the diplomatic corps. Anastasia Polyakova, eyewitness and inhabitant of Lubavichi will recall how the execution took place. Mourning prayer (Kaddish) will be recited by the rabbi of the Moscow’s synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya St. Isaac Kogan.
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The assembly point for the participants of the ceremony at Lubavichi: November 10, 6.30 am near “Park Pobedy” metro station (exit to Kutuzovsky prospect towards Moscow district; near the bus stop heading for Odintsovo).
Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Professor Ilya Altman took part in memorial events in the city of Taganrog in southern Russia that marked70 years since the annihilation of some 1,500 loca26 2011
October 26. Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Professor Ilya Altman took part in memorial events in the city of Taganrog in southern Russia that marked 70 years since the annihilation of some 1,500 local Jews. The events were conducted jointly with the Center’s branch in Taganrog. Among the participants, there was a local Righteous among the Nations Igor Polugorodnik. In addition, educational seminar on Holocaust was conducted for local teachers. On the next day, Professor Altman led a seminar on Holocaust in Rostov, capital of Russia’s South.
Dr. Kiril Feferman representing the Russian Holocaust Center delivered a presentation on the “Hesitations of Kievan Jews in the first three months of the war” at a scholarly conference held on October25 2011
October 25. Dr. Kiril Feferman representing the Russian Holocaust Center delivered a presentation on the “Hesitations of Kievan Jews in the first three months of the war” at a scholarly conference held on October 24-25 in Kiev. This important scholarly event that brought together leading scholars on the topic was organized by the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Research and the French Center for Humanitarian Studies in Ukraine.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust hosted a memorial session dedicated to the Holocaust in Belarus23 2011
October 23. The Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust hosted a memorial session dedicated to the Holocaust in Belarus. The memorial session was attended by high-ranking representatives of Belarus’ Embassy in Russia, President of Holocaust Fund and member of the Russia’s Public Chamber Alla Gerber, and others. The event was moderated by Professor Ilya Altman, co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center. 70 years ago, Minsk ghetto, containing more than 100,000 Jewish inmates from Belarus, Poland, Austria, France, Netherlands, and Belgium was entirely destroyed. Minsk ghetto, being one of the largest in Europe, existed about 27 months. The event’s featured presentation was the touching personal story told by a survivor from the Minsk ghetto Boris Srebnik.
The representatives of the Russian Holocaust Center participated in a seminar on Holocaust held in Birobidzhan18 2011
October 18. For the third time in its history, representatives of the Russian Holocaust Center participated in a seminar on Holocaust held in Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous region situated in Russia’s Far East.
Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Professor Ilya Altman delivered several lectures on Holocaust in the city of Novosibirsk, in Russia’s Siberia, in local schools and universities.15 2011
October 15. Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Professor Ilya Altman delivered several lectures on Holocaust in the city of Novosibirsk, in Russia’s Siberia, in local schools and universities.
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