Twelfth Annual Session of the Summer School for Holocaust Teaching organized jointly by the Russian Holocaust Center and Yad Vashem was held in Moscow in the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust19 2011
August 17-19. Twelfth Annual Session of the Summer School for Holocaust Teaching organized jointly by the Russian Holocaust Center and Yad Vashem was held in Moscow in the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Holocaust. The Session was attended by 42 teachers representing Russia’s 24 regions. A quarter of the participants held doctoral degrees. The presentations were delivered by the Center’s well-qualified specialists as well as other lecturers.
Heads of the Russian Holocaust Center took part in a memorial ceremony ...12 2011
August 12. Heads of the Russian Holocaust Center took part in a memorial ceremony dedicated to the memory of leaders of the Jewish Antifascist Committee. They were executed in 1952 by Soviet authorities.
Federal Assessment Service in the Russian Ministry of Education informed ...10 2011
August 10. Federal Assessment Service in the Russian Ministry of Education informed the Russian Holocaust Center that questions related to the Holocaust are included to the country’s Unified State Exam on history for senior schoolchildren, starting from this year.
The presentation of the book on Russian Righteous among the Nations26 2011
July 26. Representative of the Russian Holocaust Center in Israel Mr. Gregory Reikhman presented the book on Russian Righteous among the Nations produced by the Russian Holocaust Center in 2005 to the Israeli MP Marina Solodkina. The presentation took place during the meeting that took place in the Knesset to commemorate the memory of Raoul Wallenberg.
Israel-Russia. The ceremony is dedicated to Leonid Buber, hero of the former Soviet Union.21 2011
electronic media, most people of the Jewish community have been informed, that in
Russia, in the Israeli Center
for Culture of the Israeli embassy, and in the “Givat ha-Tachmoshet” national
memorial complex in Jerusalem
would be held an opening ceremony for a memorial plaque. The plaque is
dedicated to Leonid Buber, hero of the former Soviet Union.
Leonid Terushkin, head
of the archive of the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust center, held a speech about the life of Buber in Moscow.
When he was still a young lieutenant, he already fought in the finno-soviet
war. As of his extraordinary deeds he was awarded with the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”. This is especially interesting, because
during this war, nearly no decorations were given. Later on he served in the
“Great Patriotic War” where he fought in the battle of Orel-Kursk, for which he
gained the “Red Star” of the Soviet Union.
After the war, Leonid
Buber managed to escape Stalin’s repression through working in the Jewish
Antifashist Committee of the Soviet Union.
There he worked until he retired and died in 2005.
In the end of 2005,
the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center
published unique photos between 1930 and 1990, which so far had been stored in
an archive in Lithuania.
The photograph were sent to Ljubov Leonidovna, daughter of Leonid Buber.
During the ceremony
for Leonid Buber, lectured the director of the „Givat ha-Tachmoshet“, Shimon
„Katscha“ Kaganer, who is a former officer. He, who had fought in many wars,
stressed the importance of the plaque, as Leonid Buber is a Jewish hero and
idol which helped him through all the battles he had been in. Under the
participants of the ceremony were many prominent people of the public life, as
for example Kirill Rabin, head of the youth organization NDI and the spokesman of
the Union of World War II Veterans David Tribelskij.
Tribelskij stressed in
his speech the importance of remembering Leonid Buber, as until now, only few
veterans knew about the „Hero of the Soviet Union“.
In consequence, the Union of World War II Veterans decided to appoint Buber
posthumously as honorary member of the Union.
Tribelskij also mentioned, how Israel’s
attitude towards Jews of the former Soviet Union
had changed. Some time ago, they were only fewed as victims of the Holocaust,
but the young people nowadays rather few them as those who marched against Berlin. Therefore the
memorial plaque is an important step, because it honours those who fought in
order that Israel
once would be.
19th of Juli/ Baltic countries and Holocaust lessons19 2011
16th and the 19th of June, Alla Gerber, president of the
“Fond Holocaust” and member of the Public Chamber of Russia went together with
Sergej Rjachowskij and Aleksander Brod to Latvia and Estonia. Aim of the
journey was to sensitize the people of these countries for the Holocaust,
antisemetism and xenophobia not only in Russia,
but also in the CIS- and Baltic states.
The 90th anniversary of the commander of the Jewish partisan group “Posharsky”, and ex-partisan Leonid Berenstein17 2011
Israel. At the 90th anniversary of the commander of the Jewish partisan group “Posharsky”, and
ex-partisan Leonid Berenstein, who was awarded with several decoration of the
USSR, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine, and of course from
Yad Vashem, received a card from professor Ilya Altman, co-chairman of the
“Holocaust” Center, in which he congratulates Berenstein.
In the letter Ilya
Altman writes, that Berenstein is mentioned in the recently published
encyclopedia about the “Holocaust on the territory of the USSR”. Besides,
professor Altman wishes Leonid Berenstein on behalf of the Russian Research and
Educational “Holocaust” Center good wealth and the opportunity to pass on the
memory of what had happened 70 years ago to the next generation, as they have a
right to know about their history.
At the 7th of July the 7th annually held presentation of students works about the Holocaust took place in the UNESCO headquarter in Paris07 2011
At the 7th
of July the 7th annually held presentation of students works about
the Holocaust took place in the UNESCO headquarter in Paris. This international competition between
students was led by Alla Gerber, president of the fond „Holocaust“, and Ilya
Altman, co-chairman of the Center „Holocaust“. Four students attended the
competition: Anna Vitkina and Ekaterina Zlochevskaya from Moskau, Wladimir
Karpov from Novgorod
as well as Anastasia Rogova from Nizhniy Novgorod. Besides also a representative
from Belarus, Nikita Dunes,
came to Paris.
The first day after
their arrivel, an excursion to the nearby memorial site of Sorbonne was made,
where the participants learned about the hope and the faith of the French Jews.
After the visit, the students had the possibility to talk to a member of the
The presentation of
the students works was held the next day in the UNESCO headquarter, where the
students were introduced to the general director Irina Bokova, as well as to
Eleonora Mitrofanova, UNESCO emassador of Russia. Besides many people of
public life, so as Shimon
Samuels, head of the Simon
Wiesenthalcenter, or Michael Gurfinkel, author of many books about Holocaust
Special thanks from
the Russian representatives to the French embassy in Russia, which arranged the visas.
Conference „Yadovno, 1941“25 2011
From the 23. to 25. of June in the capital of the Republic Srpska (region of Bosnia-Herzegovina) Banja Luka, the conference „Yadovno, 1941“ was held fort he first time. Between the many scientists from Russia, Italy, Israel, Serbia and the USA, Dr. Kyrill Fefereman attended the conference as a represantive of the Center „Holocaust“. As the name of the already intends, the conference is about camps, which the pro-Nazi and ultranationalist Ustasha Regime built between April and Mai 1941. In these Camps, which were situated in Yadovno, on the territory of modern Croatia, the new “Independent State of Croatia” murdered hundred of Jews and Serbians. Only after Italy claimed the territory for itself, the camps were closed.
During the conference, Kyrill Fefereman lectured about “Communalities and differences regarding the Nazi politics about “Divide and Conquer” in the USSR and Yugoslavia in 1941” highlighting the similarities of German procedure regarding the “Jewish Question”. After the lecture the participants held a memorial ceremony at the former camp at Yadovno, which attended also the Serbian president, who instituted a new memorial.
What makes the conference “Yadavno, 1941” so special is that it wasn’t organized by an NGO or professional historians, but from engaged citizens. Duschan Bastaschitsch founded his organization specially for this purpose.
Later on in Belgrad Dr. Kyrill Fefereman lectured in the Institute for Contemporary History, one of Serbia’s best Institute regarding the history of the 20th century, about the Center “Holocaust”, its work as well as about its current activities.
23rd / 22nd of June, memorial ceremony in the Memorial Synagogue marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War and the Holocaust on the territory of the USSR23 2011
Altman, co-chairman of the “Holocaust
Center” opened the
ceremony with a minute of silence, in memory of the victims. Afterwards the
chairman of the Congress of jewisch religious organisations, rabbi Zinovy Kogan
held a speech, and the cantor of the Choral-Synagogue Benjamin Weissman sang a
memorial prayer. During the ceremony, Aleksej Karpow, director of the
Russian-Jewish Congress noticed, that people from all ages, nations and
religions had come together to remember the Holocaust, and all other crimes the
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