07.07.2011 - Education Sector

Student winners of 2011 Russian Holocaust essay contest honoured at ceremony in Paris

Railway outside Auschwitz II-Birkenau extermination camp, Brzezinka, Lesser Poland

On 7 July, UNESCO co-sponsored the ceremony of the Seventh Annual Russian University Holocaust Essay Competition at its Paris headquarters, together with the French educational foundation Verbe et Lumiere – Vigilance.

On 7 July, UNESCO co-sponsored the ceremony of the Seventh Annual Russian University Holocaust Essay Competition at its Paris headquarters, together with the French educational foundation Verbe et Lumiere – Vigilance.

The meeting was opened by Director-General, Irina Bokova, and co-chaired by Dr. Shimon Samuels on behalf of Verbe et Lumiere – Vigilance and Dr. Ilya Altman, Director of the Russian Holocaust Centre, coordinator of the competition.

The five student laureates were invited to Paris to present their papers. Over 1000 submissions arrived from all over the former Soviet Union, and were judged by the Russian Holocaust Centre in Moscow.

The keynote speaker was Francois Zimeray, Ambassador of France for Human Rights including Holocaust issues. He was followed by Michel Gurfinkiel, Chief Editor of Valeurs Actuelles and President of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, who spoke of the memory of the Holocaust. 

 

Representatives of the Permanent Delegations were present, headed by Ambassador Mitrofanova of the Russian Federation and President of the UNESCO Executive Board, as well as diplomatic representatives from Germany, Israel, and the United States. 

The student laureates are: 

Vladimir Karpov, Novgorod State University, Novgorod Anastasiia Rogova, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Nizhny Novgorod Anna Vitkina, State Classical Academy of Majmonida, Smolensk Ekaterina Zlochevskaya, Moscow State University, Moscow Mikita Dunets, Belarussian State University, Belarus

Links

Programme (In English)

Read the prizewinning essays

UNESCO and Holocaust Education

 




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