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New documents and facts about Chiune Sugihara

12 2013

March 12th, 2013

A Round table named “Chiune Sugihara and the USSR: New documents, facts, hypothesis” took place in Moscow on March 12th at the Holocaust Museum in the Memorial synagogue at the RJC on Poklonnaya Gora. Co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center Ilya Altman and Professor David Wolf (University of Hokkaido, Japan) presented their works on the life and deeds of one of the most famous Righteous of the Nations, whose significant part of life was directly and indirectly connected with the USSR. It was the second meeting (the first one took place in Helsinki on February 23rd, 2013) of Russian and Japanese historians and archivists within the project of the Russian Holocaust Center and University of Rikkyo (Tokyo). It covered the preparation of the documentary edition about a famous Japanese diplomat and the circumstances of the Jewish refugees’ transit through the USSR in 1940-1941s.

The Historical and diplomatic department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with which assistance unique documents from the Archive of the Russian Foreign Policy were obtained, supported the project. These documents allow us to clarify the dates of Chiune Sugihara’s work in the Japanese Consulate in Petropavlovsk-on-Kamchatka in 1936; the reasons for a denial to obtain the Soviet visa in the beginning of 1937, when Sugihara was appointed to be a member of the Japanese Embassy team in Moscow; dramatic circumstance of the return of the ship with refugees by the Japanese officials and obtainment of visas in Vladivostok in March-April of 1941.

Discussion club “Unknown Holocaust”: On collaboration

28 2013

February 28th, 2013

On February 28th the regular meeting of the Discussion club “Unknown Holocaust” took place at the Russian Holocaust Center. It involved the presentations of the books and projects by the military historians Ivan Kovtun (from left to right on the picture) and Dmitriy Zhukov on the Holocaust and collaboration on the Russian territory during the Great Patriotic War. There was a lively discussion on the Russian SS Brigade “Druzhina” under the command of F. Gil-Rodionov. This is a very important publication, given the fact that there have been made attempts in Russia to misrepresent and prettify the story of this formation, to the point that of presenting its commander as a partisan hero and overlooking the crimes committed by Russian SS soldiers against the civilians in Poland, Belarus, on their participation in the mass murder of the Jewish people (particularly Slutsk ghetto), anti-partisan activities carried out by “Druzhina” before joining Soviet partisans in summer of 1943.

The book about the Russian SS brigade “Druzhina” can be found here:,-kovtun-i.---1-ya-russkaya-brigada-ss-druzhina-(vra...

Helsinki. Round table on Chiune Sugahara

26 2013

February 26th, 2013

On February 25-26th in the capital of Finland the Round table on the topic “Documents about the life and deeds of Chiune Sugahara, in the context of the Cold War took place. He was a Righteous among the Nations, Japanese consul in Helsinki, Kaunas, Konigsberg and Bucharest, who adopted Orthodox Christianity at age of 24 in 1936 and worked in the USSR in 1960-1974. Ilya Altman spoke about new documents on Chiune Sugahara, provided by the Archive of Foreign Politics under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Head archivists of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ishida and Dr. Siraisi, as well as Professor Takao from the University of Rikkyo (Tokio).

Alla Gerber’s “Once and now” book presentation at Moscow Jewish Community Center (MJCC)

07 2013

February 7th, 2013

On February 7th at MJCC “Tekst” publishing house with the participation of “MJCC’s library friends club” presented Alla Gerber’s new book “Once and now”. The book is a collection of photographs and documents from the family archive, author, her friends and family’s memories about Holocaust – one of the most horrible tragedies of the Jewish people.

The presentation provided a great opportunity for all guests to talk to Alla Gerber, the author of affecting articles, interviews, speeches on TV and radio, and ask questions about the story of her family and other Jewish families that survived the Holocaust, what once happened and what there is now.

Ilya Altman, co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center gave a speech at the event.

The International Forum “The Nazi genocide of Jews and Gypsies in Eastern Europe. Issues of study, origins and methodology” with participation of the Russian Holocaust Center opened in the synagogue o

07 2013

February 7th, 2013

“We are used to talk about the uniqueness and unprecedented essence of the Holocaust, – said the co-chairman of the Russian Holocaust Center, Professor Ilya Altman, - but there is an aspect of its universalism. And this fact just highlights that there is no genocide against only one nation. Genocide is the most horrifying crime of the 20th century, and who, but the Jewish people, know the most about it. Armenian genocide on the eve of the First World War, Gypsies’ massacre during the Second World war are the elements of the same politics of hatred”.

International Forum “Nazi Genocide of Roma and Jews in Eastern Europe: Research, Methodology and Source Issues”

06 2013

  On February 6, the Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Moscow on Poklonnaja Gora hosted the International Forum “Nazi Genocide of Roma and Jews in Eastern Europe: Research, Methodology and Source Issue”, dedicated to research on the genocide of Roma and Jews during the Second World War period, at the site of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) with the scientific and organizational assistance of the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center.
The Forum consisted of 2 parts – a scientific conference on the above mentioned topic and the opening of the exhibition “Routes of Disappearance. Jewish and Roma Memory of Transnistria”. The academic part of the Forum included 2 sections and a round-table discussion. Leading scholars from 8 Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Sweden, Israel, and France presented and participated in the Forum.  
The first Section was devoted to studying and teaching the topic of the annihilation of Roma and Jews, focusing on post-Soviet space. In this section of the Forum, the participants dealt with the contemporary situation in the field of Romani and Jewish Genocide Studies. Co-chairman of the Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Center Professor Ilya Altman summarized the overall development of Holocaust Studies in Russia over the last 20 years. Head of the Archive Department of Russian Holocaust Center Leonid Tyorushkin devoted his report to documental sources concerning the Holocaust and destruction of Romani in Latvia, noting the contemporary conditions of this issue.
The second Section was devoted to various aspects of Romani and Jews persecution that had heretofore received little attention. An interesting report in this section was presented by the director of the “Historical Memory” Foundation Alexandr Dyukov, who told about the Lithuanian Activist Front and their anti- Semitic policy in the year 1940. Kiril Feferman, Head of Research and Educational Departments of Russian Holocaust Center, gave a talk on Jewish attitudes towards evacuation and escape from the Wehrmacht invasion of the territories of the USSR in early 1941.  A pioneering report about an almost unknown aspect of Roma studies, namely the issue of how the “Roma Question” was presented in the collaborationist media was given by Doctor of History and professor of Novgorod State University Boris Kovalyov.
In addition, the report of Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre was read out. Dr. Samuels couldn’t be present in person, but in spite of this had sent his report to the Forum about the international policy of memory concerning the Jewish and Romani tragedies and the necessity of the struggle against contemporary anti-Semitism and Romophobia.
This Forum was the first event in post-Soviet space to place the issues of Roma and Jewish genocide on equal footing in terms of quantity and quality of presentations, and to provide a space for representatives of various scholarly communities, schools of thought and perspectives from the West as well as the East.
After the ending of the Forum’s academic part, a ceremonial opening of the exhibition “Routes of Disappearance. Jewish and Roma Memory of Transnistria” dedicated to the fates of Jews and Roma during the Romanian occupation of the Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina territories at the time of the Second World War, took place in the frame of the Forum.  
 Anna Abakunova, a Head of the Inter-Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Relations Research Center

Conference of Students and Young Scholars "The Holocaust: Memory and Prevention" in Moscow

29 2013

January 29. VII Conference of Students and Young Scholars "The Holocaust: Memory and Prevention" in Moscow

VII International Conference of Students and Young Scholars "The Holocaust: Memory and Prevention" finished today in Moscow. It lasted three days and stimulated lively discussion at the Museum of the Holocaust on Poklonnaya Hill, the Historical Archives Institute, and the Russian Holocaust Center (these three institutions co-organized the conference). The final session was held at the UN Information Centre. Adviser to the Director of the Centre, V.S. Pavinsky, welcomed the participants, noting its long-standing cooperation with the Holocaust Center. The conference was attended by over 30 students and young scholars.

The five topic sections included themes ranging from the Holocaust in Freud’s life and work and artistic interpretation of the Holocaust in Russian literature to the study of regional features of the Holocaust in Volhyn (Ukraine). The best participants will be selected to participate in a future presentation at UNESCO in Paris slated for July 2013.


Results of the 2012 Competition "Lessons of the Holocaust - Path to Tolerance"

28 2013

January 28. Results of the 2012 Competition "Lessons of the Holocaust - Path to Tolerance"

Winners: "Works by School Children "

1. Shandrovskaya Anna. 10 grade. Gymnasia № 1540 ORT Moscow, "The Holocaust in Moldova (Bessarabia) and Bukovina."

2. Makarova Anastasia , Republic of Mordovia, Pervomaisk MOU "Pervomayskay Secondary School" Lyambir municipal area, "Echo of the Holocaust: Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism and Modern Extremism."

3. Mitenko Alena. Stavropol, 11 grade. MBOU school № 2. Arsgir, "The Tragedy in Arsgirskaya Balka"

Winners: "Works by Students'

1. Gukov Arseny. Orel, 4th year student FGBOU Institution "State University - BPIC", "Denial of the Holocaust - Comparative Analysis of the Experience."

2a. Marysheva Yulia. Moscow, graduate of the Russian State University for the Humanities, "The Problem of the Holocaust in the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee."

2b. Antonova, Svetlana. Moscow, 3rd year student IAAS. Moscow State University, "Reflection of the Holocaust in the Materials of the Russian and Hebrew Israeli Press."

3. Skokova Nadezda. Ukraine, Student third year of the National University "Ostrog Academy", "The Holocaust in Volhyn during the German Occupation."

Winners:"Works by Teachers"

1. Strygina Marina. Samara, MBOU school № 42, "Chocolate Bar" - Cartoon

2. Rudy Oleg. Ukraine, Khmelnitsky, School № 7, multimedia project "Memory of the Holocaust - Path to Tolerance"

3. Luchinina Olga. Kirov, school-depth study of specific subjects № 9, "The Lesson of Tolerance, on the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust."

Winners: "Art Works"

1. Panfilova Valeria . Sverdlovsk region, Polevskoy, 10 grade. MBOU Polevskoy urban district "School № 17", "Unconquered ..."

2. Beltueva Maryam. Ivanovo, 9 grade. MBOU "Gymnasium № 36 Ivanovo". "The Holocaust - Babi Yar - Haibach."

3. Nikolaeva Elizabeth. 10 grade, MBOU "school № 12 named Hero of the Soviet Union I. Malikov," "The irreversibility of what happened."

2. Pariiskaya Tatiana. Kostroma. 11 grade. School № 13 of R.A Naumov, Buy city. "Doom."

Moscow. Memorial evening devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

28 2013

January 28. Moscow. Memorial evening devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It was held on January 27 in the Great Hall of the Central House of Writers.

A former intelligence officer, Yuri Rivas-Korobkov, one of the first to enter the camp in the 60th Army of the 4th Ukrainian Front, shared his memories in a unique film “Documents of the Liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.” A fragment from a new documentary film by Galina Yevtushenko, "Dodik," (about ghetto and partisan Semyon Dodik) was also shown. The hero of the film was present. The evening was also attended by the president of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berl Lazar, research director of the Higher School of Economics, Yevgeny Yasin, and the German, Israeli, and U.S. Ambassadors to Russia.

Israeli Ambassador Dorit Golender awarded medals of Righteous among the Nations (posthumously) to their direct descendants living in Moscow and the Moscow region, St. Petersburg, and Togliatti.

It was followed by the ceremony of awarding the winners of the XI Annual International Competition of teachers, pupils, and students, "The Holocaust: Memory and Prevention."

Such memorial evenings have been held on this date in Moscow every year since 1995. It is organized by the Foundation and the Center for the Holocaust, with the participation of the Government of Moscow, the Israeli Embassy in Russia, the Russian Jewish Congress and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.

"To remember and pass the baton to future generations the memory ..."

27 2013

January 27. Hadera. "To remember and pass the baton to future generations the memory ..."

Israel. Hadera. “Energy Courage,” a regular meeting of the "round table", dedicated to the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance, was held in the Military Historical Museum... Former prisoners of ghettos and camps lit memorial candles for the six million victims. Soldiers, liberators who saved the world from plague of Nazi Fascism, viewed a piece of the documentary "The World after Auschwitz.

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