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The program of the conference “Evacuation, the Soviet Union and the Jews”.

“Hazit HaKavod” Movement
Ben Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities of the East

Jerusalem, Israel

International Online Conference
«Evacuation, the Soviet Union and the Jews»

Problems, Assessments and Evidence

December 21-22, 2021

December 21

10:00 – 10:45. Opening of the conference

Opening remarks

Dr. Alexander Berman, President of the “Hazit HaKavod” Movement


Shlomo Gur, Associate Executive Vice-President, Claims Conference

Colette Avital, Head of the public organization “Center of organizations of Holocaust survivors in Israel”

Dr. Andrzej Gasiorovsky, Chairman of “The Helping Hand to Israel” Coalition

12:45 – 13:15. Break

11:00 – 12:45. First session: General aspects

Moderator – Prof. John Goldlust (Australia)

Dr. Kiril Feferman (Israel). Evacuation, Jews and the USSR: Problems

Dr. Vadim Dubson (Israel). Two million evacuated Soviet Jews: True or fiction?


12:45 – 13:15. Break

13:15 – 14:45. Reports and testimonies of Holocaust refugee evacuations

Victor Guin (Israel). Unsent letter to Ilya Ehrenburg

Igor Kogan (Israel). 1000 memories of Holocaust refugees on the website “Evacuation www. lost-childhood. com

Haya Tsadikova (Israel). From Lithuania to the Arctic Ocean

Gregory Nisenboim (Israel). On some aspects in the history of Jewish refugees

Yakov Liberman (Israel). And yet we are in Israel… (the story of the rescue from the nazis of the destruction of a Jewish boy)

14:45 – 16:00. Break

16:00 – 17:00. Second session: Anti-Semitism

Moderator – Dr. Zeev Levin (Israel)

Dr. Támás Kéndé (Hungary). Contemporary perceptions and reports of anti-Semitism as socio-historical sources

Dr. Natalie Belsky (USA). The role of anti-Semitism in the survival strategy of evacuees


17:00 – 17:15. Break

17:15 – 18:00. Reports and testimonies of the evacuation of Holocaust refugees

Yakov Basin (Israel). From Mozyr to Orel on its own

Gregory Reichman (Israel). Dani Berzin’s memories on the country “Evacuation”

Ilya Maizelis (Israel). Memories of children of the war about besieged Leningrad and the evacuation (based on the book “It was…”, St. Petersburg, 2021)

December 22

10:00 – 11:45. Third session: Evacuation, migration and emigration

Moderator – Dr. Markus Nesselrodt (Germany)

Prof. Yakov Zingberg (Japan). Passing through the USSR to Japan and beyond. Jewish refugees in 1940-41

Baron A.I., Chilikova E.V. (Kazakhstan). Studying Holocaust tragedy: Results and lacunae

Dr. Irina Rebrova (Germany). The fate of evacuated Jewish doctors to the North Caucasus: From the experience of working on the project “Remember us…”

Prof. Marina Potemkina (Russia). Cultural trauma of non-Holocaust Survivors: Returning home from evacuation


11:45 – 12:00. Break

12:00 – 14:00. Reports and testimonies of the evacuation of Holocaust refugees

Dr. Avrum Scharnopolsky (Israel). Memories of the life of Polish Jews in the evacuation in Central Asia

Bertha Feinstein (Israel). The story of the rescue of Jewish children from the pioneer camp in Krapivts (Belarus)

Yakov Basin. Evacuation of population and equipment is one of the main reasons for the victory of the USSR in the Great Patriotic war

14:00 – 15:30. Break

15:30 – 16:45. Fourth session: War and evacuation

Moderator – Dr. Kiril Feferman

Dr. Leonid Terushkin (Russia). Correspondence between the front and the hinterland as a source for the study of the evacuation of Soviet Jews

Dr. Alexander Berman. Holocaust refugee testimonies as a historical source

Dr. Albert Kaganovich (Canada). Bitter years: Jewish refugees in orphanages, 1941-1945


16:45 – 17:00. Break

17:00 – 17:45. Round table “History, historiography and politics in the study of evacuation”

Moderator – Dr. Kiril Feferman

Prof. Ilya Altman (Russia)

Dr. Alexander Berman

Dr. Zeev Levin

17:45 – 18:00. Conclusion of the conference

Dr. Alexander Berman, Prof. Ilya Altman, Dr. Kiril Feferman