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27 January / 9th Annual International
Students Conference “Holocaust: Remembrance and Warning”
The conference was held at Memorial Synagogue on Poklonnaya Hill and organized
by the RREHC with the support of the “Dinastiya” (Dynasty)
Foundation, the RJC (Russian Jewish Congress) and the EAJC (Euro-Asian Jewish
Congress) as well as with the means provided by a Presidential grant.
The participants were greeted by Semyeon Dodik, who was a ghetto
prisoner in Transnistria. “15 years ago, I learned about the Holocaust Center
in Moscow and
from that day on, I have been telling others about the Holocaust. I am glad,
that you young people take such an interest in this topic and that you are
doing everything you can in order to prevent that this atrocities happen
again.” Mr Dodik said.
During his opening speech, the Ilya Altman noted, that the works of the
13 participants had been selected from a total of more than 1000 submissions. One
of the participants, 17-year old Alexander Alexeev, dedicated his presentation
to a relatively unknown part of the Holocaust history: the situation of the
Jews from Northern Africa in the territories controlled by Italy and Vichy France. He
underlined a very interesting particularity: Whenever Italy (despite their anti-jewish laws) did not imprison
Jews, the Vichy regime send them to the camps in
without any Nazi involvement. These camps were still in operation after the
liberation of Africa by the Allies.
Maria Konstantinova – also 17 – dedicated her work to study of the life
of Sobibor prisoners right after the war. In her presentation she emphasized
that unity of the prisoners ended upon the achievement of their common goal:
freedom. However, for many of them it eventually became clear that they had, by
then, developed closer bounds with some fellow prisoners than with many family
Ruslan Farkhutdinov treated the subject of the Eichmann case and different
views of the State Israel and the philosopher Hanna Arendt. He underlined, that
the criminal process was a way to inform the world public about the Holocaust
and that, for this very reason, many crimes, in which Eichmann himself was not
involved at all, played an important rule during the trial. For Ardent, the Eichmann case was, in Farkhutdinov’s opinion, an example of
an average civil servant becoming a mass murderer by striving to fulfill his
duties and running away from his own responsibility. Eichmann usually preferred
to deal only with documents instead of seeing the real result of his “work”.
16-year old Anne Korneeva from St.
Petersburg presented her two short stories about the
Holocaust as well as different writing techniques used by her and by other
The president of the RJC Yuri Kanner and the co-chairman of the RREHC
Ilya Altman took part in a video conference between Moscow and Kiew. The date coincided with the
International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
WW2 caused collateral damage and distress for the Soviet people,
regardless of their nationality. The genocide organized by the German Fascists
during the war had been unprecedented in history. Jews became the first
prisoners of the concentration camps. Oswiecim,
Treblinka, Majdanek, Sobibor – the names of these camps are known everywhere
today. The Warsaw ghetto, Babyn Yar (Kiew), Kaunas (Lithuania)
and the German Einsatzgruppen will forever be linked with the tragic history of
WW2. But the desire to survive forced ghetto and camp prisoners to decide: Between
death and live, between resignation and resistance – all this needs to be
remembered, as well as the fact, that it was the Soviet people, who under great
human losses defeated Fascism.
23 January / International Conference of students from the Baltic States and the CIS countries
The International Conference of students from the Baltic States and the CIS countries takes place at the Museum of the Holocaust and Jewish Heritage in the Memorial Synagoge on Poklonnaya Hill on the 26th and 27th January – a date which was chosen because it coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp by the red army in 1945.
The participants are going to meet war veterans and former ghetto prisoners. Together they are going to visit the temporary Yad Vashem exhibition “No Child’s Play” that has recently been opened at the Memorial Synagoge.
25 December / In a small Russian town, a refugee from Rwanda conducts a seminar on the Holocaust With the support of the Pskov representative of the RREHC, François Tulikunkiko, who completed a study course at Yad Vashem, took actively part in the organization and conduction of a seminar on the Holocaust in the town of Novosokolniki. http://www.holocf.ru/news/494 http://www.holocf.ru/pages/26
Ilya Altman held a lecture on this topic during the session of the Council of the Russian Federation (upper chamber of the parliament) within the framework of the International Conference “World without Nazism”. Representatives of 47 countries attended the Conference.
Traditionally, the RREHC and the Faculty of Humanities of the Moscow Institute of Open Education jointly organize and conduct a seminar on Holocaust education for postgraduate students. Despite the heavy snowfalls and the ensuing traffic jams in the capital, more than 60 pedagogues took part in the seminar on 10 December.
Methodologists and well-known historians who authored a teacher’s manual on Holocaust education also participated in the seminar. The experience from their cooperation with the RREHC and the Yad Vashem seminars gave the students a better insight in the pedagogical challenges of Holocaust education.
The co-chair of
Center, Dr Ilya Altman, emphasised in
his speech at the opening of the exhibition „Jews in Moscow: history, culture and
tradition“, the value of the exhibits, which come mainly from personal archives
and collections. He also stressed the need for increasing the social awareness
of this cultural heritage. One part of the exhibition consists of 15 objects
and documents from personal collections, which are now kept at the Holocaust Center. This includes mainly pictures
and personal irems of the Civil War and both World Wars. The exhibition will
take place between 1st and 26th December 2010.
About 170 visitors have gathered on 21 November at the Jewish Museum of the Moscow Synagogue on the memorial Pokolonnaya hill where the 65th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremberg trials was commemorated.
Besides Ilya Altman, co-chairman of the Center „Holocaust“, also Yuri Kanner (President of the Russian-Jewish Congress), Dorit Golender (Ambassador of Israel in the Russian Federation) and Ulrich Brandenburg (Ambassador of Germany in the Russian Federation) were attending this event.
Original documents, images that are stored in the State Archives of the Russian Federation, as well as items from the personal collection of Valentina Valizkaja, which served as interpreter at the Nuremberg trials, were shown in the exhibition.
The organizers of the event were the Russian-Jewish Congress, the Jewish Museum and the Russian Research and Educational Center „Holocaust“.
On the pictures you can see Ilya Altman and the Israelian ambassador Dorit Golender.
18.10.2010.Strasbourg (France) The Tragedy of the Peoples“, which was prepared by the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War and was opened in Strasbourg (France). The exhibition displays 32 documents and photographs from the central archive. In the exhibition broucher, Ilya Altman from the partner center „Holocaust“ noted what it means that a section on the Holocaust on the territory of the Soviet states is presented for the first time at the international Russian exhibition.
In Strasbourg an exhibition on the fate of the victims of National Socialism was opened.
Paris, 8 July 2010 The sixth annual presentation of Russian Holocaust Essay Laureates convened yesterday in Paris under the auspices of UNESCO.
Co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, Association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance and the Russian Holocaust Foundation, five students – from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny-Novgorod – selected from over 1,000 submissions, presented their research findings.
Attended by the Ambassadors of the Russian Federation, the United States of America and Israel, the proceedings were opened by UNESCO Deputy Director-General, Getachew Engida.
Russian Ambassador and President of UNESCO Executive Board, Eleonora Mitrofanova, emphasized the pernicious effects of Holocaust denial and the need for universal acknowledgment of the UN’s Holocaust Commemoration Day on 27 January (the date that Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army in 1945). Newsweek Bureau Chief, Christopher Dickey, drew the lessons for contemporary media from Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” speech.Auschwitz survivor and international lawyer, Samuel Pisar, in a keynote entitled “Remembrance with Hindsight and Foresight”, spoke as anorphaned child-survivor, calling himself “a young animal reacting
instinctively to danger”, following his mother’s dictum: “do whatever to stay alive!” Noting his later role, during the Cold War, in commercial transactions and conflict – mitigation between East and West, Pisar compared Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany as “ Stalin wanted Me Red, Hitler wanted Me Dead”, adding his debt to both the US Army an the Red Army for saving his life. UNESCO Education expert and Sorbonne President Georges Haddad, described
his sector’s Holocaust pedagogy and his family's World War II experience in Tunisia.
Dr. Ilya Altman, co-Chair of the Russian Holocaust Сenter in Moscow summarized its activities in the Former Soviet Union and the selection process of the Essay laureates. Board members of Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance were led by Lithuanian – born child survivor, Alexandre Kaplan, and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-France President, Richard Odier.
The Centre’s Director for International Relations, Dr. Shimon Samuels, thanked UNESCO and, especially, special Adviser Dr. Graciela Vaserman Samuels, for conceiving the event.
He also acknowledged that “ as a British Jew, born just after World War II, his family was saved by 30 miles of Channel water from theHolocaust raging on the continent.”
“Moreover”, he stressed, “Hitler’s invasion of the UK was forestalled by the Eastern Front. Thus, my life was spared by the Red Army and over 25 million Soviet casualties”. (L-R)Back Row. Dr.Shimon Samuels, Christopher Dickey, Samuel Pisar, Dr. Ilya Altman, Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova, DDG Engida, Judith Pisah, Kristen Killion, U.S Ambassador David Killion, Richard Odier, Annette Blum, Dr.Graciela Samuels Front Row , Sergei Ponomarev, Elizaveta Yakimova, Elena Testova, Alexeev Dmitry, Evgenia Mushtavinskaya