The act of courage of the Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara immortalized in Russia03 2015
October, 14, 2015
A memorial meeting devoted to the Japanese diplomat, Righteous Among the Nations Chiune Sugihara and problems of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust was held at the hotel «Radisson Royal Hotel» (former "Ukraine"). The meeting was conducted by the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and Russian Holocaust Center (RHC).
The name and the memory of the diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during the Second World War will be immortalized with the plaques in Moscow and Kaliningrad. In Moscow a plaque will be installed at the place where Sugihara worked in 1963-1971 in Japanese Mission of trading firms, whose office was situated in the room №915 of the hotel "Ukraine".
Co-Chairman of RHC Ilya Altman introduced for the first time the new documents and the facts in connection with the transit of Jewish refugees through the Soviet Union, Japanese diplomat relations with the Soviet Union and the role of the USSR in the transit of refugees. President of RJC Yuri Kanner told about the plans of perpetuating the life and exploits of Sugihara in Russia. 82-year-old Sugur Kawamura, who worked with Sugihara as a secretary, introduced a new book about Sugihara with his afterword, and told about the work of Sugihara in Moscow.
Photo: Alla Gerber and Lithuanian Ambassador in Russia Remigijus Motuzas
Responses of the media:NHK The Mainichi
The Holocaust: 70 Years Later13 2015
13 of October
Proceedings from the International Forum and the Ninth International Conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia”. Compiled by Ilya Altman, Natalia Anisina, and Leonid Terushkin. Ilya Altman, Igor Kotler and Jürgen Tsaruski (eds). Moscow, 2015. 352 p.
The contributors are scholars from fifteen countries, who in their analysis of the Holocaust and other tragedies of the twentieth century also deal with the elements of memorialization and teaching. The tragic fates that befell certain persecuted groups during World War I, and which have come to be viewed, to some extent, as a prelude to the Holocaust, are examined in both their theoretical and historically specific aspects. Based on the analysis of archival documents as well as modern historiography, the authors discuss avenues of approach to studying the remaining lacunae in Holocaust history. They share their diverse teaching experience, and, in their contributions, are able to bring to bear training as educators gained in a variety of countries.
The collection was published in the series “Russian Library of the Holocaust” and is dedicated to the memory of the first President of Russian Holocaust Center Mikhail Gefter (1918-1995).
The collection is intended to World War II researchers, museum workers, archivists, educators, students and local historians.
We Cannot Remain Silent13 2015
13 of October
We Cannot Remain Silent – Pupils and Students about the Holocaust (12th edition)
The annual edition of the collection of essays and articles of the winners of the XIV International Competition “Remembering the Holocaust – Path to tolerance” and participants of the IX International Youth Conference “The Holocaust: memory and prevention” organised by the Russian Holocaust Center is published in the series “Russian Library of the Holocaust”.
Contributors are pupils and students from 11 regions of Russia and the Republic of Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. The collection is compiled by Tatiana Pasman (Pskov) and Maria Gileva (Arkhangelsk).
The articles of pupils are significantly devoted to local history, including interviews with survivors and witnesses of the extermination of Jews. A special place is taken by the studies about the plight of children during the Holocaust, the issue of resistance to the Nazi policy during the Great Patriotic War, the problems of spiritual resistance to Nazism and neo-Nazism.
Researches of students and young scientists and methodologically and thematically divided into three blocks. Historical and theoretical aspects of the Holocaust are examined in the first block. The second block is devoted to a detailed consideration of the impact of the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide on art and the fates of artists. The authors of the third block have focused on the problems and ways of disseminating knowledge about the Holocaust.
The project is financed with the generous support of the President of the Russian Federation based on the competition conducted by the National Charitable Foundation. The series is published with the support of the Russian Jewish Congress and the Moscow JOINT branch.
Russian Ministry of Education and Science approved the guidelines of the Russian Holocaust Center13 2015
13th of October
Russian Ministry of Education and Science sent a special letter with the guidelines on teaching about the Holocaust to Russian regions. The guidelines are addressed to the local educational departments, Institutes of Advanced Training of Teachers and Institutions of Higher Education of social and humanitarian profile. The Institutions are encouraged to participate in the annual International Russian Holocaust Center Competition “Remembering the Holocaust – Path to tolerance”. The guidelines have been prepared by the Russian Holocaust Center with the state support allocated as a grant.
INTERNATIONAL FORUM “THE HOLOCAUST: 70 YEARS LATER” IN MOSCOW06 2015
The International Forum “The Holocaust: 70 Years Later” was held in Moscow on the 22-26 of June. It was conducted by the Russian Holocaust Center, the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) and the Institute of Contemporary History (Germany), supported by the Russian Jewish Congress. Researchers and teachers from 20 Russian regions and 12 countries attended. The international conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia” was organized within the Forum, the panels were held in the Russian State University for the Humanities.Read more
Family Reunion 31 2015
Today at Yad Vashem two cousins who have found each other thanks to Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names met for the first time. It was a very emotional and unexpected meeting. The grandmothers of Tatiana Zuckerman of Moscow (66) and Shalhevet Sara Ziv of Kfar Sava (67) were sisters.
Tatiana came especially from Moscow to take part in an educator's seminar at the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, coordinated in partnership with the Holocaust Foundation based in Moscow. She believed all her life that she had almost no extended family, and that apart from her mother, Rachel Perelman (Milenki) (87), a survivor of the Minsk Ghetto and Auschwitz (who now lives in New York), and a very small number of distant cousins, no family members who survived the Holocaust. During her visit, Tatiana asked for assistance in searching Yad Vashem's databases to check for information about her family and their fate during the Holocaust. To her surprise Tatiana found a Page of Testimony on the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names commemorating Tzeril Milennki, her grandmother who was killed in the Minsk ghetto. The Page of Testimony was submitted in 2011 by Shalhevet Ziv, a grandniece of Tzeril.
Yad Vashem staff helped Tatiana locate Shalhevet and through searches on Facebook- were able to connect Tatiana and Shalhevet. The two talked (with the help of a translator – since Tatiana speaks only Russian) and confirmed that they are in fact related. Shalhevet came to Yad Vashem the next morning (today) to meet Tatiana before she returns to Moscow on Tuesday. The two cousins were so thrilled to meet each other. Tatiana and Shalhevet immediately felt a strong family connection and talked for hours comparing their family narratives and history as well as their lives today. Shalhevet showed Tatiana the family pictures and documents that she had found over the years and explained how her grandmother, Sarah Milenki, Tzeril's sister, was burned alive along with other Jews of her town in the synagogue in Rakov.
This was especially meaningful and poignant for Shalhevet who has invested many years and much effort investigating the roots of her family. As a tribute to her grandmother Sara who was murdered in the Holocaust, Shalhevet has made it her mission to share her family's legacy. After meeting with Tatiana, she is now able to continue and develop her research of the family tree, making corrections and additions based on information she has learned from her newly found cousin. She is preparing to publish a book based on her research, in which she was able to trace the roots of her family as far back as 1838. Tatiana feels that she has been given the gift of a family, "I cannot wait to share this discovery with my mother, she will be deeply moved to know that others survived. All these years we believed we were the only ones."
Shalhevet said elatedly with tears in her eyes to Tatiana, "You have a big family now in Israel!"
The other educators participating in Tatiana's seminar also joined to meet Shelhevet and take a photograph together. They were very excited for Tatiana and her discovery of her new family in Israel.
The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem serves as a world hub for Holocaust education, attracting educators from around the globe. Pedagogical materials and teacher-training activities are being constantly developed to create tailor-made programs for each visiting group, thus training an international cadre of educational leaders who continue to disseminate the School’s unique teaching philosophy across a variety of cultures. In 2014, the International School engaged with over 20,000 educators. Among its scores of pedagogical activities, the School conducted more than 150 long-term seminars and 370 teacher-training days.
Tenth Annual Russian Holocaust Essay Laureates Received by UNESCO03 2014
UNESCO, Paris, 3 July
This university Holocaust essay competition programme, co-organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre-Europe, (CSW), the Association Verbe et Lumière-Vigilance (VL-V) and the Russian Holocaust Centre (RHC), each year. invites to Paris the five student winners from across the former Soviet. Union, to present their research findings at UNESCO.
The 2014 laureates from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Orel in Russia and Vitebsk in Belarus were chosen from almost 3,000 submissions.
Attended by the Delegations of Russia, Belarus, Canada, Germany and Israel, the proceedings were opened by Genc Seiti, Director of the UNESCO Division for National Commissions and Civil Society. He commended the laureates' initiative for, not only keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust in Russia, but contributing to respect, tolerance and human rights worldwide.
Training for the Pedagogues at the House of the Wannsee Conference (HWC)10 2014
The educational seminar in Berlin for Russian and Belarusian teachers brought together 14 teachers from 11 regions of Russia (Moscow, Kaliningrad, Kostroma, Kirov, Taganrog, Tambov, Tver, Smolensk and Republics of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Mordovia) and one from Grodno (Belarus) selected by the Russian Holocaust Center.
At the beginning of the seminar, the participants were introduced to the exhibition of the HWC, with an emphasis on its pedagogical aspects. Afterwards they worked with the documents from the HWC archive. This was followed by a tour to the Jewish Museum of Berlin.
On the next day the teachers worked with schoolchildren at a Berlin Secondary School. The aim was to improve the teachers’ skills in group- and project-working. Regarding to the Holocaust theme, the result of the work should have been the erection of a memorial at the schoolyard, devoted to the fate of former Jewish pupils expelled from the school in the 1930s.
Back in the museum, the participants listened to the lecture of the museum’s deputy director Dr. Wolf Kaiser about memorials in Berlin.
An exercise testing the participants’ knowledge about the Holocaust was offered by Elisabeth Griglevski and Tatiana Manykina.
On May 7, the teachers continued working in groups with documents and photographs of the museum’s archive and prepared lectures about the problems connected with it.
In the afternoon there was conducted a memorial ceremony at the former train station Grunewald, wherefrom Jews were deported to death camps or places of extermination at the Soviet territory.
On May 8, the pedagogues went to the museum “Topography of Terror” and the Russian-German Museum at Berlin-Karlshorst, both located at places imbued with historical importance.
Then, they visited the museum of the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen and on the Victory Day, dome of the Reichstag.
St. Petersburg. Discussion Forum “Human Rights and the Holocaust in Documentary Cinema”29 2014
The two-day discussion forum “Human Rights and the Holocaust in Documentary Cinema” was organized by the Russian Holocaust Center together with the International Institute of Banking and the St. Petersburg Academy for Post-Graduate Pedagogical Education. The Commission for Education of St. Petersburg City supported the forum.
Approximately 180 pedagogues, students and pupils from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Leningrad and Murmansk area, Kaliningrad, Novgorod and Pskov attended the event.
Memorial Evening for the Holocaust Victims held at the Moscow theater at Nikitski Gates.24 2014
President of the Holocaust Foundation Alla Gerber, co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Ilya Altman, and the former ghetto prisoner and active participant in the Center’s activities Mr. Victor Gecht took part in the lighting of memorial candles as a part of the memorial evening. It was held at the initiative of the Embassy of the State of Israel in Russia and conducted on April 24 at the theater at the Nikitsky gates in Moscow.
At the event there were also lighted memorial candles: the Israeli Ambassador to Russia Mrs. Dorit Golender, the Chef Rabbi of Russia Berl Lasar, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinkhas Goldschmidt, the President of the Russian-Jewish Congress Yury Kanner and the evening moderator, the theater’s producer, Mark Rosovsky. The evening came to an end with the premier of a theater performance of the Israeli project “Orto-Da” – “STONES”. See the broadcast of the First Channel of the Russian TV at:
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