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19th of Juli/ Baltic countries and Holocaust lessons

19 2011

Between the 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 Berenstein

17 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 Paris

07 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 museum’s staff.

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 memorial.

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 USSR

23 2011

Ilya 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 Nazi-regime committed.



19th June. The Baltic States and Holocaust education

19 2011

From the 16th to 19th of Juli Alla Gerber, president of the fond “Holocaust” and member of the Public Chamber of Russia, went together with Sergej Rjachowskij and Aleksander Brod to Lithuania and Estonia. Aim of the journey was to recall the terribly crimes which were committed by Nazi Germany, as well as the fate of thousands of Jews during this era. The project was supported by the Russian Research and Educational Center “Holocaust” and the President of the Russian Federation.



18th of June/ “Limud” in Winnyzja

18 2011

From the 17th to the 19th of June Ilya Altman attended the conference “Limud” which took place in Ukraine and dealt with the 70th anniversary of Great Patriotic War, as well as with the Holocaust in Ukraine, especially the massacre of Winnyzja. Invited were people from all over the world, especially from Ukriane, Russia, Moldavia and Israel. During the commemorative ceremony, which was held by E. Vitorgan, representatives of the city, the Knesset and the parliament of Israel attended. After the ceremony, Ilya Altman held a lecture about “Memorial of the Holocaust: What can you do?”, “Holocaust and the war: A chronic of senses” and the Holocaust in general. Besides also Boris Maftsir (Yad Vashem), Aaron Weiss (Joint) and Juri Tabak (Moscow) lectured about the Shoah.



19th June. The Baltic States and Holocaust education

17 2011

From the 16th to 19th of Juli Alla Gerber, president of the fond “Holocaust” and member of the Public Chamber of Russia, went together with Sergej Rjachowskij and Aleksander Brod to Lithuania and Estonia. Aim of the journey was to recall the terribly crimes which were committed by Nazi Germany, as well as the fate of thousands of Jews during this era. The project was supported by the Russian Research and Educational Center “Holocaust” and the President of the Russian Federation.



Alexander Trachtenberg and his book „Saved to save“

15 2011

On May 15th, the book by professor Alexander Trachtenberg „Saved to save“ was presented in the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue on the Poklonnaya Hill. Alexander Trachtenberg is a renowned scholar and one of the leading surgeons in this country and abroad, as well as the leading speacialist in thoracic surgery. Introducing the book, the author talked about his childhood, the deportation of his family from the city Hawtin, hard months spent in the ghettos of Transnistria and the way of surviving. Of the 20,000 deported Jews, only 800 survived Khotina. The author said that there are several memoirs, articles, published books and created films on the Holocaust, but as an eyewitness and ghetto prisoner he thinks that the data is incomplete, as they do not reflect the horror of those terrible years of the inscrutable ways of survival and the lucky ones like himself.
His memoirs not only tell the reader about his experiences but they have also a lot of facts and opinions about the development of national clinical surgery. At the presentation, which was conducted by Ilya Altman, participated also the playwright Alexander Gelman, director of Mosfilm, Alexander Shein, a member of the Scriptwriters Union Tatyana Kalecki and People’s Artist of Russia Grigory Martyniuk."

12. May / Presentation of a new book about the Holocaust and Jewish resistance

12 2011

On 12 May, a new book about the Jewish resistance was presented in Moscow (Jack Kagan, Dov Cohen: The Holocaust and the resistance of the fatherland by Adam Mickiewicz / Translated from English into Russian by Tamara Vershitskaya, 2011). Scientists from Jerusalem, authors and the co-chairman of the Holocaust Center Ilya Altman attended the presentation of a son of one of the authors. The book deals with the memories of Holocaust survivors and has been translated into several languages​​. The first part of the book contains the memoirs of Dov Cohen in Israel. In the second part, the memories of J. Kagan are told. His memoirs reflect the history of the ghetto, everyday life, the resistance and the destruction of the Jews in Novogrudok, Dyatlova, Korelichi, Slonim, Baranavichy and other places in western Belarus. The heart of the book is a detailed description of the flight of several hundred prisoners from the labor camp in Novogrudok in autumn 1943. In the region Novogrudok about 10% of the Jews survived, making it the largest number of survivors in Nazi-occupied Soviet territory. Ilya Altman mentioned that this publication is not only of interest for researchers but also for teachers.






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