4. May / Conference of the Moscow University on aspects of Russian history04 2011
On 4 May, the
head of the Archives
of the Holocaust Center
L. Terushkin participated
in a scientific-practical conference of
the Moscow State Institute
"Problems of Russian history" and
spoke at a plenary
session about the Nuremberg trials. The topic of his speech
was "letters, diaries, and testimonies on the
Holocaust by Nazi
war criminals after 1945".
On April 29 the annual Marathon of Memory took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust on Poklonnaya Hill. The event is dedicated to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and 29 2011
On April 29 the annual Marathon of Memory took place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust on Poklonnaya Hill. The event is dedicated to the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Holocaust Memorial Day Yom HaShoah. The Marathon is a joint project of the Holocaust Center and the Russian-Jewish Congress.
About 500 students and teachers from Moscow metropolitan area visited not only the documentary exhibition but also talked to former ghetto prisoners, partisans and soldiers who took part in the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. A small highlight of this year’s event was the participation of the German and Austrian volunteers of the Holocaust Center, who talked to the students about the significance of Holocaust remembrance and the way Germany and Austria nowadays cope with their Nazi past.
After a brief ceremony and a couple of speeches delivered by staff members of the Center, the Synagogue, Jewish and Protestant organizations from Moscow and St. Petersurg, a minute’s silence was held to commemorate the victims of WW2. The Marathon ended with an address by the film director Alexander Marutjan and the presentation of his documentary “The Arithmetic of Freedom”.
The event showed that the history of the Holocaust is perceived as an important part of human history by a growing number of individuals in Russia: The majority of the participants were students from vocational schools in the banking sector, the constructing industry and the pedagogic domain.
April 22 /Seminar in Tomsk on "Lessons of World War II and the Holocaust" 22 2011
The Tomsk Regional Center of Education held a two-day
seminar on "Lessons of the Second World War and the Holocaust, jointly
organized with the Center for Holocaust. The project was finanically supported
by a state support fund. Participants were among others the advisor to the
Governor of the Tomsk Oblast, S.I. Nikiforov, Rabbi of Tomsk Levi Kaminetsky
and associate professor of TGU S.V. Wolfson. More than 80 teachers and students
attended the seminar. During their visit in Tomsk,
Ilya Altman and the head of the Holocaust Center Archive Leonid Terushkin
presented a compilation of letters and diaries at a seminar and visited a
synagoge and community center in Tomsk.
See also http://vesti70.ru/news/full/?id=54227
April 11 / The Ashdod Club holds Presentation for the Russian media on the Shoah and Jewish heroism11 2011
April 11 / The Ashdod Club holds Presentation for the Russian media on the Shoah and Jewish heroism
At the Ashdod Club, veterans of World War II who fought against the Nazis held presentations on latest publications on issues such as the Holocaust and Heroism. It is symbolic that the meetring was held on the day of the 50-year anniversary of the start of the trial of Adolf Eichmann. Gregory Reikhman stress the importance of the trial of Eichman for the Israeli society and for the Jewish state as a whole. Ashdod chairman M. Dendze expressed the hope that such meeting will take place more regulalry and with the participation of Israeli youth.
April 7 / Work Center Summer School "Holocaust" will be organized jointly with the Academy for training and retraining of educators.07 2011
On April 7 a memorandum was signed between the Holocaust Center and the Federal Academy for training and retraining of educators. Both parties expressed their willingness to cooperate to test a jointly developed curriculum course "Lessons of the Holocaust - the way to tolerance" on the basis of AIC and the regions of Russia:
- The Academy will hold a three-day seminar for representatives of the egional FDI from 15 to 17 August 2011. Classes are based on a jointly developed course program "Lessons of the Holocaust - the way to tolerance" (72 hours) and will be conducted by the lecturers of the Centre of AIC;
- The Academy will send listeners to the 3-day seminar of the Project Selection Workshop "Summer School", organized by the Holocaust Center from 18 to 20 August;
- The Academy will test modules and tools by the Holocaust Center for their foreign exchange flows of students in 2011;
- Participating in regional seminars held jointly by the parties.
In addition, the parties agreed to apply to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation with a request for using the training module on the Holocaust, designed by the Centre and endorsed by the Academy, in the seminars.
April 2 / Russian Congress of History Teachers on the Topic of the Holcoaust02 2011
April 2 / Russian Congress of History Teachers on the Topic of the Holcoaust
History teachers throughout Russia and the Holcoaust Center held a Congress of Russian history teachers in Moscow on March 31 - April 1, 2011 at the Russian Academy of Sciences. It was stressed that the role of history teachers for shaping a civic younger generation is vital. The coordinator of the educational programs of the Pskov Regional Institute of Teacher Training, Tatiana Pasman, presented positive results of the co-operation of educational institutions of the Pskov region with the Holocaust Center.
April 2 / The Holocaust Center took part in the Intercollegiate Scientific Conference at RGGU
Co-chairman of the Holocaust Center and Professor at RGGU, I. Altman, and Head of the Archives Division of the Holocaust Center, L. Terushkin, presented a report at the Interuniversity Scientific Conference on the problems of modern historiography and sources. Furthermore, I. Altman presented a report on the topic „History of the Holocaust of the Soviet territory in 1941 in the context of countering myths about the Great Patriotic War“ and L. Terushkin held a lecture on „The moral and psychological preparedness of Red Army soldiers: pre-war preperations and military reality“.
News from the Archival Department, March 2011:31 2011
News from the Archival Department, March 2011:
1. The Rubinstein fund has been expanded.
2. Following Leonid Terushkins participation in the conference «The past and the present of Jewish communities in the Volga region and in Central Russia», our center is pleased to announce the receipt of new archival material from Nishni-Novgorod. The new additions include many personal letters and diaries.
3. Following Leonid Terushkins participation in the conference «Aspects of Jewish education and community life in the Balitc states before WW2», our center is pleased to announce the receipt of new archival material from Latvia. The new additions comprise personal letters of soldiers of the Latvian army, photos and maps of the pre-war time.
4. The Center is pleased to announce the addition of Evgeny Lifshitz's memoirs to our archiv.
27. March / Conclusion of the third seminar of Russian teachers in Berlin27 2011
27. March / Conclusion of the third seminar of Russian teachers in Berlin
Russian educators, as well as 5 Ukrainian colleagues, acquired various teaching techniques on the subject of the Holocaust within 5 days in Berlin. Also the German volunteer of the Holocaust Center Till Spanke (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) participated in the seminar in Berlin. In its context, the teachers visited the House of the Wannsee Conference, the Sachsenhausen memorial site, Museum Karlshorst, the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Grunewald memorial site (train station where Jews were deported), and the recently opened Museum „Topographie des Terrors“. In addition, the pedagogues worked with video testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust. Finally, the workshop leaders Dr. Wolf Kaiser (reponsible for the training programs of the House of the Wannsee Conference) and Ilya Altman (Co-Chairman of the Center „Holocaust“) expressed their confidence that this seminar will be held regularly.
26. March / Meeting with the International Tracing Service26 2011
26. March / Meeting
with the International Tracing Service
On 26th March a
meeting and discussion in the German town Bad Arolsen in the famous red cross
archives between Ilya Altman and the director of the organisation and the head
of research and education programmes Jean-L. Blondel and Dr. Susan Urba took
place. Furthermore, talks were held with members of the Archivs, the Public
Relations sector and the chief curator of the Museum of the Holocaust and
Jewish heritage Natalia Anissina. Both sides exchanged information on possible
cooperation between the German and Russian archives and discussed possible
investment in joint projects. The Russian visitors were shown a unique archive
(including the registration cards for prisoners of the Buchenwald Concentration
13 March: Ilya Altman solemnly inaugurated the temporary exhibition “The Holocaust in Europe” 13 2011
13 March: Ilya Altman solemnly inaugurated the
temporary exhibition “The Holocaust in Europe” With the kind support of the UN Information
Centre in Moscow
the exhibition could be brought to the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue. It was conceived
by one of the world’s most famous Holocaust museums – the Mémorial de la Shoa
Paris. Subdivided into 20 stages, the pictures and explanatory notes in Russian
language offer the visitor an insight in the history of the Holocaust –
starting with the Nuremberg Laws from 1934 and throwing light on little known
aspects of history. Geographically, the exhibition covers all countries where
the genocide against Jews took place. It is thus an invaluable addition to the
Museums permanent exhibition in which the focus lies on the Holocaust on the
The inauguration was attended by the Director
of the UN Information Centre, Alexander Gorelik, the Ambassador of the State
Israel, Dorit Golender, and the Vice-president of the Russian-Jewish Congress,
Alexei Karpov. In his speech Alexander Gorelik thanked the project partners for
their supported and expressed the hope, that the museum is now going to be
visited by even more students from Moscow.
All speakers underlined the exhibition’s importance and topicality, especially
in the light of the ongoing crimes against humanity in the world.
In 2010 the museum counted 10 000 visitors from
more than 20 countries. The RREHC and the Russian-Jewish Congress constantly
organize seminars for teachers, meeting with survivors of the Holocaust as well
as seminars on interethnic dialogue in the Synagogue, which - especially in
- is of particular importance.
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