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From May 18th
to 28th a seminar was organized in the international memorial Center
Yad Vashem, Jeruslem. The seminar was made for 13 Russian teachers and students
on the topic “teaching the topic of The Holocaust”.
The participants were accompanied by 19
pedagogues of Russian universities and members of well-known Russian publishing
houses from Moscow, St.
Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad
teachers had many talks and discussions with theses pedagogues and with
co-workers of Yad Vashem on different ways of teaching the topic of The Holocaust.
seminar, all teachers said that the new methods they have learned on the
seminar, will help them a lot for teaching this topic in the future.
On May 24, a meeting in memory of Fyodor Sverdlov (1921-2002), the historian of Jewish heroism in World War II, for the first time ever took place in Israel in the conference hall of the The Museum of the Military History and Jewish Military Tradidtion "The Energy of Virility" This meeting was organized by the The Museum of the Military History and Jewish Military Tradidtion "The Energy of Virility" Israel, Handera (director – David Zelvensky) and the Research and Educational Holocaust Center (Russia, Moscow, co-chair Ilya Altman and regional representative in Israel Gregory Reikhman). Such events have become traditional in the Research and Educational Holocaust Center in Moscow.
The meeting was opened by the head of The Museum of the Military History and Jewish Military Tradidtion "The Energy of Virility" David Zelvensky.
Ilya Altman spoke about the important impact of Fyodor Sverdlov’s works on the research and publishing activities of the Holocaust Center and Foundation. The same idea was conveyed by Boris Wiesman, an activist of the museum and World War II veteran and author of books about the heroes of this war, including “I Must Tell You About This”; and also by other speakers.
On May 29, the second round of the International Tribute to Jewish Heroism and Resistance during the Holocaust in memory of Professor Fyodor Sverdlov took place.
War veteran Miron Manilov and Fyodor Sverdlov’s colleague at Frunze Academy, retired colonel Anatoly Vainer, and Alla Gerber, president of Holocaust Foundation, shared their memories about the life and work of Fyodor Sverdlov
Ilya Altman, co-chair of the Holocaust Center, examined the theme of the participation of Jews in WW II as presented in the works of Fyodor Sverdlov and described the tribute to his memory in Israel. The audience received the following reports with much interest: “Holocaust and the participation of Jews in the war in Soviet feature films” by Prof. Olga Gershenzon (USA). A professor from Massachusetts University; “Holocaust and resistance in the Transnistria Ghetto” by Prof. Alexander Trachtenberg, former ghetto prisoner; “The subject of the Jewish Resistance in museums and school curricula in Russia» by Leonid Pyatetsky, head of Holocaust Center’s Educational Programs; and “New documents about the participation of Jews in the war” by Leonid Terushkin, head of Holocaust Center’s Archive. S.D.Dodik described with much emotion his personal experience of participating in the partisan movement in the Ukraine. At this event, an exhibition of books by Fyodor Sverdlov was displayed.
On April, 24th, the Holocaust Center organized a “Marathon of remembrance” for the students of Moscow in the synagogue on the Poklonnaya Gora in the Victory Park. The students hat the possibility to talk and listen to a Survivor of the Minsk Ghetto, to a member of the Partisans and to a “Righteous among the Nations”. Due to that, the Co-Chairman of the Russian Research and Educational Center, Dr. Ilya Altman, gave guided tours through the museum and Alla Gerber talked about her own history as well as about the question “...how a whole nation could believe, that the reason for all evil was the Jewish people”. Many students were very touched by her words and by the choir that sang songs from different nations and countries. “We and our children have the duty to remember what happened in the past and to fight every kind of new Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Racism”, said Dr. Ilya Altman. On this day, nearly 300 students had the possibility
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On March 4th
Mr Evjenij Berkovich (Doctor of Physics and Mathematics) read a lecture in the
“Holocaust” Center. Dr Berkovich is working in Hannover
at the Moment and is co-editor of the Internet-Journal “notes about Jewish
speech “unknown heroes”, he informed about the “Righteous among the Nations”
(individuals and peoples like the Danish and the Norwegians). Due to that he
showed a movie about people, hiding and saving Jews in the time of National
January 29th-31st 2009. The Conference under this topic was organized in St. Petersburg by the Russian Research and Educational “Holocast” Center as by the State-Universitiy “Herzen” in St. Petersburg. On 29th the Conference was opened and during the event the new Russian version of the book “Anti-Semitism: reasons for hatred” was presented by a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the UNESCO. Alla Gerber, Dr Ilya Altman and members of the University took part on the opening as well.
On the conference, Russian students from Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Members of the Russian Research and Educational “Holocaust” Center had speeches about the Holocaust and about the blockade of Leningrad.
After the conference the students visited the head of the Organization for Ghetto-Survivors in St. Petersburg, Pavel Rubinchik and the exhibition-room of the organization. On the following days they visited a school near St. Petersburg to take part on a conference on the topic “Holocaust”, which was a part of a project, the school worked on. Due to that the students talked to members of the Jewish community in St. Petersburg and visited the library of the community.
January, 27th 2009. Because of this event, there was a memorial evening in the House of Literature in Moscow. The Evening was organized by the Russian Research and Educational Center, the Embassy of the State of Israel and other Jewish organizations in Moscow.
Next to a deputy of the ministry of foreign affairs the head of the Russian Holocaust Center, Alla Gerber spoke about the tragedy of the 20th century, about the fact, that the world kept silent while millions of people lost their lives and that it should always be remembered.
The ambassador of Israel, Anna Asari read excerpts of the book of Lizzie Doron. In this book Doron writes about her mother, a survivor of the holocaust. Asari dedicated a special part of her speech to the Righteous among the Nations.
Furthermore, a deputy of the German Embassy held a speech and underlined the position of Germany. “We definitely stand against any kind of Anti-Semitism or Holocaust-denying. We will go on campaigning the aim, that every Jew should have the opportunity to live a life in peace in Israel. My country will go on speaking up against any kind of suppression or Racism.”
In the end of the event there was the award ceremony for the 7th international competition for pupils and students under the topic “lessons from the Holocaust – ways to tolerance”. The ceremony was accompanied by a member of the UNESCO as well as a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The winners of the competition will present their works in Paris at the UNESCO this year.
2008 was an important landmark for the effort of
preserving the memory of the Holocaust in Russia. The commemoration of the 70th
anniversary of the Crystal Night has evoked a broad public response in the
president, Dmitry Medvedev, addressed the memorial evening/requiem and
international conference devoted to this event - Lessons of the Holocaust and
Modern Russia - that was organized with the active participation of the
Holocaust Center. This was the first in the 21st century message from a head of
state devoted to the Holocaust and delivered not abroad but in Russia. The
government has been demonstrating its appreciation of our educational and
scientific programs: the Holocaust Center has been awarded the Russian
Federation President grant of $40,000 for two subsequent years; the government
Humanitarian Research Foundation has provided support for the publication of
the “Encyclopedia of the Holocaust in the USSR” (it will come out in the summer
of 2009); the Moscow City Government gave a grant for organizing a memorial
evening and conference for schoolchildren in the city of Brest; and the Website
of the Holocaust Center and Foundation became the winner of the National
Tolerance Contest. During this year, the greatest number of seminars and
documentary exhibitions were conducted during the entire history of the Center;
three groups of school and university teachers underwent training at leading
museums in Israel and the USA. The Fourth
Conference of Russian Students at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris was conducted on a very high level,
with the participation of the leadership of UNESCO, Simon Wiesenthal Centre and
the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah. Two new projects were launched: one
of identifying burial sites of Holocaust victims in Russia
and the other of sponsoring performances in Moscow schools jointly with the Hasidic
Cappella Chorus. The monograph and collection of documents prepared by our
Center were published in the USA
The planned publications of the Center include a book devoted to Simon
Wiesenthal and the memoirs of Avraam Sutskever.
other resul ts of the Center ’s activities will be further discussed in this