[ An End to Intolerance (Volume 5 -- June 1997) ]

Russians Are Active
in Holocaust Studies

Compiled by Prerika Agarwal
Cold Spring Harbor High School
New York, USA

Since the Holocaust/Genocide Project began, students from Russia have been contributing information to other project members.

Several active schools that participated from Russia were Moscow schools 444, 1813, 429, and 689. Students over there studied the Holocaust and wrote us information they found about Hitler's rise to power and the fate of Jews in Russia.

"I am interested in the problem of the Holocaust and the subject of my information is Jewish Life in the USSR during World War II, and the occurrences at Velig. In 1941, Germans came to Velig. A Jew's life was difficult at that time, and they were ordered to put yellow bands on their heads and backs. Jews were forbidden to talk to Russians. Sometimes Germans drove away with some Jewish girls. The girls didn't return. In 7/XI, all Jews (about 1400 men) were driven into a pigsty. It was very cold. People didn't have anything to eat. A lot of Jews died every day. On 8/I Germans closed all the doors to the pigsty and set fire to it. Almost all Jews burned away. But about a hundred Jews managed to escape. Germans fired at the running Jews. Only 17 of them managed to survive. Later Germans killed more Jews.

I think this is terrible. It is horrible when one nation kills another one. People all over the world must do their best to prevent it from happening again."

Natalia Morozova
Moscow School 444

"The group of students in our school is working in the Open University on the Holocaust. We have a very interesting textbook about it. When I was beginning to work on this item, I couldn't understand how people can hate one nation so much. Now, I found out the development of Nazism in Germany. I'm trying to write my first task, but it's rather difficult to keep within the words. It's difficult for me to read about anti-Semitism. What cruel words the Nazis used.

"I didn't know that the hostility began because of religion. Judaism didn't allow other Gods except their own, but the neighbors did, so they disliked the Jews. Later, when Christianity appeared, the Jews were accused of the murder of God. The hatred increased and grew into anti-Semitism."

Natalia Velikobroceva, Aleks Miroshnichenko,
      and, Pavel Kalymkov
Moscow School 444

"I am in the Holocaust Project for a year and a half. Our country was in need of this project because there are many people who don't know about the Holocaust. I went to the Holocaust Center in Moscow and there were a lot of people there. There were teachers, journalists, writer and even poets. Last time we talked about the "Crystal Night."

Jane Taubkina
Moscow School 429

"I think that it is of great importance that children of different countries are involved in this project because their opinions are very important for all the world. The children must help all people to understand how we should not repeat the mistakes people made years ago.

Natasha Petrova
Moscow School 429

"Last spring we, with another girl from our class, were in Israel, and there we lived with families and talked with them. They told us about the life of their fathers and mothers who were victims of the Holocaust. It was very important for us because we saw facts and made sure that the Holocaust really existed."

Jane Krouglova and Nastya Mazlova
Moscow School 429

"We continue to visit the Holocaust Center. There are many interesting people there. We listen to the lectures and discuss different problems. One man, Tamarkin Vyacheslav, agreed to come to our school and tell my students about the concentration camp he had been in."

Gennady A. Nefiodov, Teacher
Moscow School 1813

Masha (Maria) of Moscow School School 689 is an eighth grader, and her message is clear: "There are people who hate people of other races. They mustn't do it because we are all people."

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