In honor of the Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorated Thursday in Israel and in Jewish communities worldwide, and in honor of the International Day of Liberation of Nazi concentration camps, commemorated internationally on April 11th, the date of Buchenwald camp liberation, FJC communities in the FSU held various commemoration events.
Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and FJCR President Alexander Boroda issued public announcements about the memorial dates.
“One of the things that we must do as our part in honoring the former consternation camp inmates and those, who liberated them, is to clearly understand the lessons taught by the horrible tragedy of the Holocaust – how it became possible, and do everything in our power so that it happens never again,” Rabbi Lazar said in his address Thursday. “World War II crimes is not just history – it’s history that continues to influence the reality of the present. We continue to see attempts to re-draw history, to diminish the proportions of the catastrophe and shift the responsibility of those, who facilitated war crimes,” he continued, “every such action should be rebutted in a most decisive manner – it’s our duty to those who went through concentration camps and those, who fought to liberate them!”
As part of its course for the preservation of historical memory, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow opened a competition for creating a memorial dedicated to the heroes of ghetto and concentration camp resistance in WWII.
“Today we try to do everything within our power to keep humanity from forgetting about one of the most agonizing tragedies of humankind, as our memory is the best vaccine against the repetition of history,” said FJCR President Alexander Boroda in his announcement.
Commemoration ceremonies also took place in Rostov-on-Don, at Zmeyevskaya Balka, one of the hundreds of Jewish mass murder sites throughout the former Soviet Union. “Every year we meet, say Kaddish, pray, talk and sing in the memory of the lives lost during the Holocaust and every year it is just as hard – it hurts, so one wants to scream “Never Again” up to heavens,” said Rostov’s Rabbi Chaim Daniznger in his Facebook post about the event.