Yad Vashem gets $4 million for Russian Holocaust Education

June 17, 2009

Source: Tracing the Tribe


Yad Vashem has launched a comprehensive new program to raise awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust among Russian speakers. The program is funded by a four-year, $4 million grant from the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) a foundation dedicated to promoting Jewish identity for Russian-speaking Jews around the world.


The program includes inter-disciplinary projects in formal and informal education, research and publications, archival documentation, Internet outreach, exhibitions organization, and Righteous among the Nations from the areas of the FSU.


Each year, Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies will focus on two Israeli cities with large Russian-speaking populations. Through seminars for educators and students, activities in community centers, and working with Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans, Holocaust education will be intensified.


There will also be more development and maintenance of the Russian-language online interactive portal, including documents, images, educational units and the interactive program “Children in the Ghetto”.


A special chair, within the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, will be dedicated to advancing research of the Holocaust in the Former Soviet Union.

Updated: Jun. 22, 2009