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Memorial Evening for Jewish Victims of Nazism and Heroes of the Resistance to be Held April 15th


On the 15th of April from 9pm in the large room of the Central Cinematic House (13 Ulitsa Vasilievskaya) there will be a requiem evening for the Russian public devoted to the memory of Jewish victims of Nazism and heroes of the Resistance. It has been organized around the day of the revolt at the Warsaw ghetto (April 19th 1943) which has been annually marked in Moscow since 1992. This day is recognized in the entire civilized world. For Russia today it is particularly important at a time when xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism are escalating in the country.

Participants of the evening, which has been organized by the Holocaust fund with the participation of the Moscow city government, will include the Israeli embassy, leading Jewish organizations of Moscow, former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps, representatives of the diplomatic corps, public figures, cultural leaders, teachers, schoolchildren, students and war veterans.

The evening will be headed by the president of Holocaust Anna Gerber. The suffering and resistance of Jewish people will be discussed by Efim Gologorsky, who was a prisoner of the ghetto as a child and Anatoly Vaitsen a participant of the revolt at the Sobibor concentration camp.

The first female citizen of the Russian federation to receive a righteous amongst nations award Nina Langley, an actress of the Hermitage theatre, will give a talk and read extracts from her journal.

Speakers on the evening will include the Israeli Minister for the absorption of immigrants Zeyev Boym, the state ambassador of Israel in Russia Anna Azari, the chief rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar, the President of the Russian Jewish congress Nikolay Propirny, the leader of the federal agency of culture and cinematography Mixail Efimovich Shvidkoy, the politician Boris Nemtsov, the general director of the all Russia state library of foreign literature, the president of the Tolerance Institute Ekaterina Genieva, the art director of the theater At Nikitskii gates Mark Rozovskii, the Chassidic chapel choir under the direction of Alexander Tsalyuka, the singer Alla Reed, the Shostakovich quartet and the Moscow Jewish childrens choir. Material from the State Film Production Company of the Russian Federation will be shown on the evening.

Source: Federation of Jewish Associations of Russia



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