The 8th Annual International Conference “Holocaust – Remembrance and Reminder” for Students, PhD-Students and young scholars was held in Moscow29 2014
29th January 2014
At the conference participants from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia
discussed questions about the history, the historiography and cultural and
historical memories of the Holocaust. In advanced the participants had been a
part of the International Russian Holocaust Center Competition which is held
annually. Beside of the conference one part of the program was to visit the
archive of the Humanitarian State University of Moscow and the Russian
Holocaust Center. Lectures of the conference will be published as miscellany
with the title “We can’t keep silence” in the middle of 2014. Some participants
will attend the Holocaust Conference of the UNESCO in Paris. For further
information see: www.holocf.ru/news/850
International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Remembrance in Moscow27 2014
On the 27th of January the Russian Holocaust Center organized
the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Moscow with support of the City
of Moscow, the embassy of Israel in Russia, the Russian Jewish Congress and the
federation of Jewish communities in Russia. The event was held in the house of
literature. 69 years ago the Red Army liberated the German death camp
Auschwitz. 2006 the United Nations decided to proclaim this day as a
international remembrance day to remember all victims of the Holocaust.
In Moscow veterans, death camp survivals, official persons from politics
and society, ambassadors, artists, students and teachers reminded the suffering
of the victims of the Holocaust.
The former check world champion Anatoli Karpov,
the member of the society chamber of the Russian Federation Nikolaij Svanidge,
the president of the Russian Jewish Congress Juri Kanner, the deputy of the
German ambassador Georg Birgelen, the Jewish Choir of the Russian Jewish
Congress and their conductor Aleksandr Zaljuk attended the International
The 17th Annual International Conference “Holocaust – Remembrance and Reminder” for pupils was held in Moscow27 2014
27й Января 2014 года
Школьники из Москвы, Урала, Сибири, Поволжья области, Центральной России и на Северном Кавказе, а также один выпускников средней школы из Германии приняли участие в конференции. Основная цель конференции-собрать учеников соприкоснуться с историей Холокоста и приумножить свои новые знания в своей собственной среде. Участники имели возможность показать свои результаты собственных исследований, с которой они были приняла участие в международной российского центра " Холокост " конкуренции.
One member of the Russian Holocaust Center talked about Jewish partisans on the Russian territory in Yad Vashem14 2014
14th January 2014
the 14th January the international workshop “Soviet partisans and
the Holocaust – new knowledge and approaches” in Yad Vashem was finished. The
workshop was organized with the support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and European Jewish Found and the Gutwirth Family Found. Researchers presented for example lectures about topics like
“Jews from Minsk in partisan groups”, “Jewish women as member of the Soviet
partisans” and other. Kiril Feferman presented results from his research with
the director of the archive of the Russian Holocaust Foundation Leonid Terushkin
about Jewish partisans in the from Germany occupied territory of the Soviet
Union (Smolensk, Briansk, Pskov Oblast). For that they analyzed archive
materials, journals and letters from Jewish partisans.
Russian protestants support the remembrance of the Holocaust01 2014
01st January 2014
the 30th December 2013 the project group “ Remembering the
Holocaust” met for its annual meeting. 15 people from Protestant churches of
Russia (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Jaroslav) shared their knowledge about
educational programs. One main focus of the educational program is to remember
the Holocaust. The Russian Protestants talk for that reason about the Holocaust
in their churches to spread the information. The programs are organized in a
foundation called “Even Eser”, which supported for example the erection of the
avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations in Ljubavutshi and collected 70.000
dollars to reconstruct an to erect new memorials for the Holocaust. The
foundation “Even Eser” works as a partner of the Russian Jewish Congress and
the Russian Holocaust Center.
Inauguration of the Monastyrshchina Holocaust memorial (Smolensker Oblast)24 2013
24th November 2013
On the 24th November the Monastyrshchina Holocaust memorial
has been reopened after reconstruction under the support of the project
“Restitute dignity”. The opening was initialized by the Russian Jewish Congress
and the Russian Holocaust Center.
During the autumn/winter offensive 1941-1942 at least 1200 Jews were
killed by the National Socialists and their Hilfspolizei in Monastyrshchina.
Only a few human lives could be hid and rescued by partisans.
The first memorial at this place was built on the initiative of Efim
Sosin in 1967, financed by relatives and friends of the victims and designed as
an concrete-granite-obelisk by Eruvin Malkin. 250 victims were mentioned on the
On the new memorial plaque is written: “In memoriam of the killed Jews
of Monastyrshchina and Dudin. Erected under the support of the project
“Restitute dignity” by the Russian Jewish Congress and the Russian Holocaust
Center with practical help from Protestants in Russia. We are remembering us.
Member of other confessions especially the foundation “Even Eser” –
Protestants in Russia supported the reconstruction and erection of the memorial
with important financial and logistical assistance. Support came also from
members of the Russian Jewish Congress: Saimon Vain, Jakob Kaller and Peter
This memorial is the 3rd one in the Smolensk area, which was
built with support of the project “Restitute dignity”. Two other under it the
avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations for the inhabitants of Smolensk was
opened in Lyubavichi in 2011 and 2012 in and received a broad international
The president of the Russian Jewish Congress Juri Kanner, Gennadi
Tarasov who survived the massacre, the Co-Director of the Russian Holocaust
Center Ilya Altman, the deputy of the head of government of the region
Monastyrshchina Alexander Golub, the deputy mayor of Smolensk Dimitriy Levant,
the director of the foundation “Evin Eser” Boris Vasjukov. The press officer of
the embassy of Israel in Russia Aleks Kagalski and the 2nd deputy of
the German ambassador in Russia Rolf Moormann attended the opening ceremony.
The deputy of the rabbi of the Moscow Choral Synagogue spoke the prayer
for the dead.
Kaliningrad hosted the international forum marking 75 years after the Kristallnacht17 2013
November 14-17, 2013, Kaliningrad hosted the international forum marking 75
years after the Kristallnacht, the first wave of anti-Jewish pogroms organized
by the Nazis and directed against synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods in Germany, including East Prussia in 1938.
The forum included international conference, seminars for teachers of
Jewish schools of CIS and Baltic states was held at the initiative of the
Russian Jewish Congress (RJC), Russian Holocaust Center and Foundation. It
brought together more than 50 scholars, public figures and teachers from
Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, United States, and Ukraine.
The International conference “Holocaust Lessons and Contemporary Russia”
was held in Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad) November
14-16, 2013. The city was chosen as the conference site because Königsberg, as
Kaliningrad was called before 1946, was the only place in contemporary Russia
where Kristallnacht occurred.
A keynote speaker was one of the most prominent contemporary Holocaust
scholar Professor Michael Berenbaum from American Jewish University in Los
Angeles. He spoke about the reasons and consequences of the Kristallnacht,
while placing the event in the context of the Jewish history. Special emphasis
was laid on analyzing the American responses to the Kristallnacht. Dr. Shimon
Samuels, another keynote speaker, Director of International Programs at the
Simon Wiesenthal Centre (Paris), addressed contemporary issue of Holocaust
remembrance, anti-Semitism, and growing anti-Israeli stance in Europe.
One of the conference panels handled the topic of the Kristallnacht. Noteworthy
was the presentation by Professor Alan Steiweis from the University of Vermont,
a major expert on the topic and the author of the book “Kristallnacht, 1938”. He
spoke on historical background against which this pogrom erupted and the ways it
grasped by contemporary German society. Particularly illuminating were
Professor Steiweis’s observations on whether the Kristallnacht could be
considered as a premeditated action vs. the unfolding of the “Final Solution”. Professor Johann Chapoutot from the University
of Grenoble who shed light on the hitherto neglected international aspects of
the Kristallnacht. Dr. Jürgen
Zarusky from Munich-based Institute of
Contemporary History provided a historical background of the Kristallnacht vis-à-vis
arrests of Jewish men and their subsequent fates in Nazi concentration camps.
Another panel looked into the activities of Chiune Sugihara, a famous
Japanese Righteous among the Nations who during the Kristallnacht served as a
Japanese Consul in Königsberg. Particularly important insights were provided by
Professor Ilya Altman, Head of the Russian Holocaust Center, and Professor
Chizuko Takao from Rikkyo University, Japan, who spoke on the transit of Jewish
refugees through the USSR with the visas issued by Sugihara and their reception
in Japan, respectively. Kiril Feferman from the Russian Holocaust Center
explored the ways the escape by means of visas was viewed in rabbinical circles
In the morning on November 17, the conference participants paid homage to
the Holocaust victims at the memorial set in the village of Yantarnoe where the
SS had massacred some 7,000 Jews on January 30, 1945. This was the last biggest
execution of the Jews during the Second World war.
The international conference “Autonomous Histories and Studies of the Holocaust”05 2013
On November 3-5, the international conference “Autonomous Histories and Studies of the Holocaust” was held in Tel-Aviv. It was organized jointly by Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University. The conference was attended by worldly renowned scholars, among them Professor Dan Diner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Professor Steven Katz (Boston University), Professor David Engel (New York University), and Professor Zvi Gitelman (University of Michigan). Russian Holocaust Center was represented by Dr. Kiril Feferman who spoke on the peculiarities of Jewish and German sources in covering the Holocaust in the occupied Soviet territories.
Профессор Илья Альтман прочитает лекцию в университете Гамбурга30 2013
30 октября. Университет Гамбурга открыла серию публичных лекций по истории Холокоста в Восточной Европе. Она проходит в рамках семинара по истории этого региона возглавил известный эксперт по немецко-украинских отношений профессор Франк Golczewski. Илья Альтман стал первым иностранным ученым предложено выступить с речью. Он выступил с докладом “Исторические повествования Холокоста в России”, а также рассмотрели широкий спектр вопросов, от создания и деятельности российского Центра " Холокост", как эта тема рассматривается в школьные учебники, и его интеграции в научно-исследовательских Великой Отечественной войны. Профессор Альтман ответил на вопросы, заданные участниками семинара, большинство из которых были студентами. Профессор Альтман также проведены переговоры о сотрудничестве приняли участие проф. д-р Аня Tippner, профессор института славистики.
The Exploit of Sobibor Uprising participants should be recognized in Russia14 2013
On October 14, Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) and Russian Holocaust center conducted a memorial evening dedicated to Sobibor Uprising that took place 70 years ago. The event was attended by war veterans, schoolchildren, representatives of diplomatic cosps, Russian Ministry of Forein Affairs, Russian Ministry of Defense, and Moscow City Board.
The evening was moderated by Ilya Altman. Among those speaking at the event were the RJC President Yuri Kanner, Member of the Public Chamber Nikolai Svanidze, German Ambassador to Russia Ulrich Brandenburg, Bulgarian Ambassador Boiko Kotsev, acting Israeli Ambassador Olga Slov, and other dignitaries. Speaker of Knesset Yuli Edelshtein sent his greetings to thse participating in the event. The participants empasized that the process of getting the Sobibor Unprising heroes honored with Russian state awards is at its final stage and it is bound to lead to concrete results.
Among the honorary participants there were also relatives of Alexander Pecherski and Aleksei Vaitsen, the only remaining participant of the Sobibor Uprising who resides in Russia.
During the event, there were screened parts of the movie “Arithmetics of Freedom” by Alexander Marutyan featuring documentary cadres of the liberation of Sobibor camp.
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