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.
16 . February. HOLOCAUST THE NEWSLETTER OF THE RUSSIAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL HOLOCAUST CENTER AND THE HOLOCAUST FOUNDATION16 2011
No. 51 January 2011
Note from the Editor
Sixteen years ago, our
Bulletin appeared for the first time in Russian and English. The make-up of the
editorial board saw changes but we persisted in exposing our readers to
information on our educational and scientific programs, conferences and
seminars, new publications, and Holocaust commemoration events. What matters is
not only that we are read in pseudo-patriotic circles in «Nash sovremennik»
(vols. 1-8, 10, 2010) who desperately try to protect Holocaust deniers, but
first and foremost, by Russian and foreign teachers and scholars. This may be
learnt from the fact that there is a growing demand for the Bulletin in Russia and
Let me cherish the hope
that we do not stop. That the Russian state permanently supports Holocaust
educational programs led to concrete results: for the first time since its
inception, more than 1,000 schoolchildren, teachers, and students, most of them
representing Russian periphery, took part in our contest. This serves as a
weighty argument to further cooperation with educational authorities in Russian
periphery. This issue will emphasize our projects conducted jointly with the
Museum of the Holocaust and Jewish Heritage at Poklonnaya Gora. As always, the
issue contains material on new publications that appeared within the framework
of the Russian Holocaust Library.
The Austrian actor and writer Miguel Herz-Kestranek visits the Holocaust museum in Moscow16 2011
The Austrian actor and writer Miguel Herz-Kestranek visits the Holocaust museum in Moscow
On 16 February, Miguel Herz-Kestranek paid a visit to the exhibition on the history of Jews in Russia and the Holocaust in the USSR at the memorial synagogue on Pokolonnaya Hill. He underlined how much he was impressed by the exhibition, especially because it treats a subject that is little known, let alone studied, in the West. In his capacity as vice-president of the Austrian Society for Exile Studies, Herz-Kestranek reached an understanding with Ilya Altman about a future cooperation.
Holocaust Center: Participation in the 18. International Conference on Jewish Studies „Sefer“03 2011
03. February / Holocaust Center:
Participation in the 18. International Conference on Jewish Studies „Sefer“
On 3 February, the 18th Annual International
Conference on Jewish Studies „Sefer“ ended in Moscow. The event lasted three days. At the
plenary session Ilya Altman presented the new book series of the Russian
Holocaust Library, including the second edition of the Encyclopaedia of the
„Holocaust on the territory of the USSR“. During the meeting of the section
„History of the Holocaust“, which was lead by Arkadi Zeltser (Yad Vashem) and
Ilya Altman, 21 presentations were held, including a lecture by the President
of the Holocaust Foundation Alla Gerber. Dr. Kiril Feferman held a lecture on
the influence of the Holocaust in world history and the role of the Holocaust
in the Caucasus. Around 40 scholars from Russia, Ukraine,
Belarus, Israel and the U.S. were attending this event.
During a meeting at the Jewish Museum, Ilya Altman talked about the Holocaust
on the territory
of Russia: the sources,
historiography and its memory.
31. January / Kaliningrad: International Holocaust Memorial Day31 2011
31. January / Kaliningrad: International Holocaust Memorial
A monument in memory of the last mass execution
of Jews by German troops was inaugurated in Kaliningrad on 30 January. Ilya Altman
stressed the importance of students from the region and other Russian cities
visiting this monument. A high number of students actively participated at the
ceremony. Overall, about 130 teachers and students took part in the
inauguration of the monument by sculptor Frank Meyslerom. The head of the
archives of the Holocaust
Center, Leonid Terushkin,
gave a lecture at the international conference. He, among others, talked about
letters and diaries of Jewish soldiers during the fighting in East Prussia.
28 January / Memorial Evening on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day28 2011
28 January / Memorial Evening on the occasion of the International Holocaust
On the 27 January, a memorial ceremony dedicated to the liberation of
Auschwitz was held at the Writers House in Moscow. About 500 people attended the event:
war veterans, former ghetto prisoners, representatives of the Public Chamber,
leaders of Jewish organizations, students and teachers. Furthermore the
Ambassadors of Turkey and Slovakia were present at the event, as well as
members of the diplomatic corps of the USA, Canada, Finland, Latvia, Estonia,
Romania, Italy, Germany, Austria and other countries.
The Holocaust Center and the Holocaust Foundation organized the
ceremony with the kind support of the Moscow
City government, the Israeli Embassy
the Russian-Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish communities. Speeches
were held by a number of high ranked officials such as Boris Spiegel (the
president of the World Congress of Russian Jewry and a member of the Russian
Federation Council), Yossi Tavor (First secretary of the Israeli Embassy to the
RF), Berel Lazar (Chief Rabbi of Russia), Yuri Kanner
(President of the REK), Rudolf Adam (German Embassy to the RF), Andrei
Konchalovsky (Russian filmmaker) and Alexander Borisov (Russian-Orthodox Cleric
and Head of the Russian Bible Society).
Furthermore, the awarding ceremony of then 9th Annual Essay
Writing and Drawing Competition took place. More than 1000 works from 8
countries had been submitted.
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