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International Grants

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority - Small Grants

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority - Small Grants

The Grassroot initiatives enterprise is aimed to engage public interest in the topic of Holocaust in FSU. A call for proposals issued by Yad Vashem and Genesis Philanthropy Group soliciting projects in the field of Holocaust study in the former USSR resulted in 480 grant applications in the years 2010-2012 from Israel, Germany and the US.

Applicants are required to meet the strict contest criteria: the contest focused on projects in various educational and cultural spheres, including scientific research, publications, teaching, artistic, theatrical and video productions.

All of the projects were united by a chief goal: to preserve the memory of the Holocaust for all generations. A panel of jurors, composed of Yad Vashem and Genesis representatives, selected 38 winners among the best projects.

People who participated in the Grant Contest represented many generations – from those who personally witnessed the Holocaust to those born and raised long after it became history. For every one of them, the topic of the Holocaust is of utmost unceasing importance, and their projects clearly indicate their commitment to prevent Holocaust memory from fading into oblivion.

 

"Tam, Gde Nas Nyet" is a documentary film about the Russian-Soviet community in Germany, produced by Israel Plus channel. The film raises difficult questions, most of which are not openly discussed in the community. How do Holocaust survivors and WWII veterans, or their children, the "second generation" who have chosen to immigrate to Germany, feel and see themselves in today's Germany? And how does their Jewish self-identification evolve? Are they bothered by horrific images from the past?

In the hour-long documentary, interviews with various generations of Soviet Jews currently residing in Germany are interspersed with wartime cinema chronicles and images of modern life in Germany, such as a synagogue service set against the backdrop of a Bundeswehr parade. The film does not purport to give unequivocal answers – rather, the director guides viewers to think about the influence wielded upon our lives by the war and the Holocaust.
The film aired on Israeli TV Channel 9 in Russian and garnered an enormous audience.

"Regaining a World Lost" is a digital travelers' guide to the Jewish Diaspora destroyed in the Holocaust. The project created a travelers' guide around centers of Jewish civilization in the FSU that were destroyed in the Holocaust.
This guide is intended principally for a younger audience, and seeks to provide maximum assistance in organizing and implementing both virtual and real tours around the Jewish shtetls of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania that perished in the flames of the Holocaust. The guide offers a wealth of information on the history of Jewish shtetls in the CIS and on the current situation in these locales, along with educational materials and guidelines for tour organizers.
Regaining a World Lost is available online at http://sambation.net/index.php/Путешествия
This project brought together 13 teenagers from the Ohel Schem (Tent of Schem) School in Ramat Gan. Participants learned about the Holocaust in the FSU and created personal projects about their own family history. Participants enriched the existing project content with their family stories while deepening their knowledge of Holocaust history and sense of belonging to the Jewish people.
As a result, four short documentaries were filmed, featuring memories shared by the participants' grandparents. In June 2012, the project was presented to the entire 10th grade class at the school.
The documentaries are now publically available on YouTube
A World Destroyed is a series of exhibitions of art works by Max Axelrod (from the artist's family's collection) focusing on the Jewish shtetl on the eve of World War II and the history of Ukrainian Jews under occupation.
The paintings were created by the artist in Ukraine and Belarus during the 1920s. The collection also includes canvasses created in the 1940s that deal with the Holocaust. This unique collection is located in Israel, under the protection of Max Axelrod's grandson, artist Mikhail Yachilevitch.
For the first time ever, Axelrod's "Holocaust" series was displayed in full at the Sholem Aleichem Museum in Kiev. The four-month exhibit was seen by thousands of visitors, and the opening was filmed and broadcast by Ukrainian TV networks.
Prior to the exhibit at the Sholem Aleichem Museum, some of the paintings were presented for one evening at the Kiev Opera as part of a memorial evening dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre of Ukrainian Jews (with the support of Israel's Ministry of Public Diplomacy). Guided tours were arranged for Ukrainian educators and members of the Ukrainian military, along with the wider public. This event was a meaningful addition to the project.
This project created a documentary film exploring the history of Jewish shtetls on the eve of the Holocaust.
It includes:
1. Filming a documentary entitled The Torah of Tulchin based on video materials recorded in Ukraine during the 1980s.
2. Organizing meetings, seminars and interactive TV programs bringing the following topics to the center of public discussion: "The Role of Shtetl Culture in the Ashkenazi Jewish Heritage," "2,500 Years as Wandering Jews" and "Knowledge that Makes us Jewish."
The film The Wind Above and Grass Below has been completed and is available on YouTube
The project collects personal stories of elderly new immigrants from the FSU describing childhoods destroyed by the flames of the Holocaust. A book of testimonies entitled "Jewish Refugees and Organized Evacuation in the Soviet Union: 1941-1945" will subsequently be published.
The collection primarily focused on the fate of Jewish refugees during the Great Patriotic War in the USSR, telling the stories of their lives in evacuation. The lives of Jews who miraculously escaped certain death remain overshadowed by the larger story – that of the six million who perished in the Holocaust. In addition to some 250 testimonies, the book will contain illustrations and historical documents, as well as extensive commentary and analytic articles.
The book will be available in Israel, the FSU and other countries, and target diverse audiences – from Holocaust survivors to historians, students, academic researchers, schoolchildren, and the general public. 
"Be Strong" united over 300 schoolchildren and 30 veterans and Holocaust survivors to enhance the understanding of the history of the Holocaust in the FSU among Russian-Soviet families. The project incorporated lessons, lectures, workshops, meetings and live witness accounts; encouraged participants to explore family albums and speak to members of families that suffered in the Holocaust; and included an off-site Shabbaton seminar for families of new immigrants centered on the Holocaust.
A particular emphasis was placed on the ethical aspects of conversing with elderly survivors for the purpose of collecting interview data. Psychologists and experts in working with families and elderly persons were specially invited, and for the first time, the children realized what it meant for the older generations of their families to live in the Diaspora. Their family's Aliyah – repatriation to Israel, as well as the very existence of a Jewish state – gained new meaning as the Jewish nation's answer to the horrors of the Holocaust.
Schoolchildren participating in the project located and recorded 24 previously unknown personal stories from the Holocaust era and presented this new testimony to Yad Vashem.
The project was launched in August 2011 at the Summer Family Camp, where groups of children and parents convened from MAPAT learning centers in various Israeli cities. For the first time, the Holocaust was discussed at the camp, generating great interest in both the adult and youth groups. As a result of the project's success, it has become an integral part of the informal education program at MAPAT, targeting new immigrant families from the FSU. "Be Strong!" runs within the framework of family programs at MAPAT Family Clubs in six Israeli cities.
Over 30 families participated in the Jewish Heroism project, volunteering to write a story of a chosen hero – a soldier, an officer or simply a participant of the events connected with the Holocaust and the Great Patriotic War in the USSR. The students were fascinated to discover their family history – it gave many families the opportunity to rediscover family photographs and speak to their children about previous generations of the family. Additionally, some families visited the Holocaust Museum independently.
Based on historical examples and literary works, educators sought to understand the essence of heroism of the Jewish people – a very special kind of heroism, which does not always sync with traditional notions of courage or valor. The topic of Jewish heroism is particularly relevant in the context of the Holocaust: on one hand, the Jewish people fell victim to violent murderers, and on the other, managed to survive one of the most horrific tragedies in history. The study of Jewish heroism contributes to the enhancement of national pride and the formation of positive Jewish self-identification.
The project brought together over 300 students and 40 teachers and Holocaust survivors. A book of memories was created using the stories shared by grandparents of IMPULSE students. 
The Ghetto and Concentration Camp Survivors website tells the stories of those who survived the Nazi occupation during World War II, those who put up resistance to the enemy, and those who experienced the joy of liberation and victory, who now wish to tell their descendants what they saw, experienced and understood.
The website is a warning for young people who are just starting to build their lives: so that they remember what fascism is, know its true face, and the horrific means it used to destroy people just because they were born Jews. This is a website for those who are able and willing to preserve the memory of the past, and to pass it on to their children and grandchildren. www.netzulim.org 
 "Yabloki" (Apples) Project is aimed at acquainting younger Israelis with issues of Jewish self-consciousness during the Soviet era, and the perception of the Holocaust among Russian-speaking Jews. 
FISHKA staged a series of drama performances in Hebrew, based on Dina Rubina's short story, "Apples from Shlitzbuter's Garden." Along with the performance, each session included a personal story of the actress's own grandfather, World War II veteran Samuel Margulis.
The performance was followed by a discussion about the Holocaust, its remembrance and Jewish renewal.
FISHKA held 16 performances and creative meetings in Hebrew and Russian, with some 450 participants at senior homes in Tel Aviv and from Jewish organizations working in the field of Jewish pluralism. 
 The mission of this project is to explore the serious and little-studied topic of the fate of Soviet Jews who were evacuated during World War II. Being somewhat taboo until recent years, this topic requires systemized and immediate study.
Retired new immigrants will tell the stories of their childhood, and of their lives as forced refugees from the territories occupied by Nazi Germany. The project authors worked to systemize and organize the stories. After some processing and classifying, the testimonies received – stories of the desperate flight from the rapidly advancing Nazi forces, of living in evacuation, and of World War II children returning to their old homes – will be published on the project website: www.lost-childhood.com 
 The publication proposed for this project is based on extensive research carried out by Elena Makarova over the years, as well as her book Franz Peter Kien, published in Prague in 2009, in German, English and Czech.
Art Against Genocide: Franz Peter Kien at the Terezin Ghetto is a unique documentary and artistic publication.
The book tells the story of a young man who perished in Auschwitz at the age of 25, and who, during his very short life, showed his rich talent in painting, graphics, theater directing, poetry and prose.
In the horrific conditions of the Terezin transit camp, Peter Kien created amazing paintings, drawings and plays. Among these is the original libretto to the now well-known opera King of the Atlantis by V. Ullman, another inmate of Terezin, an anti-fascist play – "A Scary Dream" – and many other masterpieces.
The project includes the translation and adaptation of that book for Russian-speaking readers, and the publication of approximately 100 color illustrations, including letters, documents, photographs and reproductions of works by F.P. Kien. The book will be published online at:The Terezin Initiative Group website 
 "Bolshe Nikogda" (Never Again) is a new Facebook page created for this project.
The project brings together an interest group on Facebook that, while staying relevant and topical to a contemporary audience, deals with a topic of such importance as the Holocaust.
"Bolshe Nikogda" works in the online sphere, constantly broadening its reader audience and integrating tools such as user comments, interactive votes and posting audio and video on the page. A dedicated section on the popular Israeli blog, Botinok was created as part of the project. The Facebook page was launched in August 2012. 
 The Will to Live, by renowned journalist and writer Moshe David Chayat, is dedicated to the Jews of Lithuania who perished during the Nazi occupation and those who fought in the Red (Soviet) Army. The author was a 15-year-old yeshiva student when the war broke out, and survived to tell the tale of those who are no more. The book is written in a lively tone and will be of great use to all those who are interested in the history of Lithuanian Jewry.
Five hundred copies were published in 2012 and distributed to libraries and Yiddish clubs. 

The project puts the spotlight on Holocaust-related topics in the Israeli Russian-language media, as well as in the FSU.
It incorporates educational events held in cooperation with Israeli WWII veteran organizations in Israel, presentations of document collections and letters from the frontlines published by the Holocaust Scientific and Educational Center of Russia, as well as Russian-language scientific publications of the Yad Vashem The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority; preparation and publication of interviews with those who witnessed the horrific events of the Holocaust; and promoting Russian-language Holocaust commemoration projects in the Israeli press.
Among the central components of the project is a close cooperation with the Holocaust Scientific and Educational Center in the Russian Federation, and the Energy of Courage War History Museum in Hadera, Israel. All of the images received from newspapers and web periodicals were also published on Facebook, reaching hundreds of additional Russian speakers around the world. 


"Watermark" is dedicated to the Holocaust and examines the relationship between a former concentration camp survivor born in the city of Lviv and his young, Israeli-born granddaughter, from a unique and surprising angle. This short film was created as part of Mikhail Pletinsky's master's program at Tel Aviv University.

The film examines Holocaust history through the eyes of a young girl, who cheerfully sets off to get herself a tattoo, believing, like many Israelis her age, that it will help her better express her unique personality. Upon returning home, however, she discovers strange numbers branded onto her grandfather's arm – the horrific tattoo she never really noticed before. How will she live with this all? How will she reconcile her own perception of what it means to be Jewish with the horrific past that befell her grandfather, who miraculously survived Auschwitz?
The film was shown at a small screening festival at Tel Aviv University and is available on YouTube 

 Israeli poet Elena Axelrod translated into Russian the works of Jewish poets who survived the Shoah from Hebrew and Yiddish. As part of the project, she hosted a poetry-reading evening at the State Literature Museum in Moscow, Russia.
The project introduces the audience to the rich world of Yiddish literature, and the poet's own imagery and world-perception.
Literary evenings took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Two hundred people participated in the events and the book is in the final stages of preparation for publication.
 The Executed Culture seeks to "reconstruct the memory" of the destroyed Yiddish language, and of those who gave their lives to save humanity from fascism.
At its core is an almanac presenting unique archival materials, photographs from the 1940s, memoirs of veterans, and creative works of both renowned and unknown authors who wrote in the mamaloshen – the ancient and venerable Yiddish language that faded into the past, burned down in the flames of the Holocaust along with those who spoke and lived it.
Five hundred copies of the almanac were published in February 2013. The collection will be circulated in Israel and the CIS. 
 The documentary Family Tree: Great-Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors Explore Their Roots, directed by Boris Sobolev represents the crowning achievement of the Project during which 7th grade students from a Petah Tikva school created a Genealogy Tree of their own families.
Participants, almost exclusively born in Israel, involved their parents, many of whom were also very young children when their families came to Israel and who received their education there. The parents, in turn, sought the assistance of their own parents and grandparents, and were deeply moved, sometimes shocked, to discover the wealth and nature of Holocaust memories preserved by their families.
The project aims to restore the lost links in the historical narrative of many Jewish families to the collective memory of the Jewish people.
The film will be completed by April 2013. A screening is planned on one of the Russian-language TV Channels in Israel, as well as other public television networks in the country.
 The Black Book is a collection of documents and witness accounts on the crimes against the Jewish people perpetrated in the territories of the USSR and Poland during the Holocaust. The book also tells the stories of Jewish participation in the resistance during World War II.
The collection was composed and edited in the 1940s by a group of Soviet journalists, led by Ilya Ehrenburg and Vassily Grossman under the direction of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. However, it was never published during the lifetimes of its authors.
The new edition will include two volumes:
1. The original Black Book – hitherto never published in full
2. The Unknown Black Book – sections excluded from the first edition due to Soviet censorship
Two thousand copies of the book will be published in 2013.
 A Link Between Generations" is a unique project consisting of a series of meetings between Russian-speaking new immigrants who survived the Holocaust and Russian-speaking Israeli teenagers.
The project was conceived by the ELA organization, and is being implemented in the Russian language for the first time. A total of 12 meetings are planned. Before each meeting, the older group of participants will be asked to write a short story on a given topic (i.e. "My childhood", "My family"). During the meeting, each participant will present his or her memories to their younger audience.
At the completion of the project in April 2013, a corresponding brochure will be published in Hebrew and Russian.
This multi-purpose project is based on a 2002 book by David Myshanok (Kolpenitzky) Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die..., about the Ghetto of Baranovichi, partisan fighting units and the "fateful 1940s." The author was a 10-year-old child during the Nazi occupation and witnessed everything happening around him.
Implementation of the project incorporates the following:
• Collective reading of the book, followed by discussion and a composition of a screen play by the children
• Consultations with researchers and educators of the International School of Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem
• A visit and tour of the Yad Vashem Memorial
• Staging the play
Thirty-five families from Haifa participated in the project.

"The Story of the Stories" - a Collection of Personal Memoirs of Older-Generation Jews of Moscow on Jewish Life in Post-War Moscow, their Perceptions and Individual Interpretations of the Holocaust - included a series of workshops for Jewish youth on Holocaust-related topics. Participants interviewed Moscow Jews who survived the Holocaust and members of their families. The interviews were then analyzed, processed into a database and presented to Yad Vashem.
One of the central goals of the project was to awaken a sense of personal involvement and identification with these tragic pages in the history of the Jewish people.
Many students, veterans and Holocaust survivors participated in the project. 
 The project involves the search, systematization and study of rare archival documents related to the Holocaust, mainly originating from the collections of the National Committee on the History of the Great Patriotic War (the Mintz Committee) stored at the Institute of Russian History, RF Academy of Science.
The collection contains some three thousand documents, witness accounts, letters and periodicals pertaining to the Jewish population during the Nazi occupation of Soviet territories (mainly Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and Northern Caucasus).
A collection of historical materials has been prepared for future publication.
 A full-length documentary feature follows the story of Semyon Dodik – a unique person who survived in the ghetto, fought against Nazi Germany and became a man of dignity and respect. The film aims to fight xenophobia and fascism while teaching a lesson in tolerance.
Eighty-six-year-old Semyon Davidovitch Dodik, from the Ukrainian town of Bar in the Transnistria region, was imprisoned in the ghetto as a child. During the war, his entire family perished – only little Semyon managed to escape miraculously. Running away from the ghetto, he spent some time in a partisan fighting unit and then joined the Red (Soviet) Army. After the war, Dodik graduated from university and worked at a scientific research institute in Moscow for many decades. He also authored a number of textbooks in electronics.
All his life, Semyon Dodik was persecuted for his Jewish origins. The stories he tells in the film shed light on many new and previously unknown episodes of the Holocaust in Transnistria.
The final version of the film is longer than was initially planned.
The premier screening took place at the MEOTZ Jewish Community Center of Moscow in November 2012. 
 Memory of the Holocaust, an online academic publication, serves as a significant milestone in the development of Jewish self-consciousness and the preservation of national collective memory in the FSU. For the first time, a Russian-language online academic publication offers its readers a rich collection of articles on the history of the Holocaust, focusing particularly on Ukraine.
Memories of the Holocaust regularly updates readers on Holocaust studies in the FSU. The site sees visitors from countries such as Ukraine, Israel, Russia (Moscow, Petersburg, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Orel), Belarus, Latvia, Armenia, Germany, Bulgaria and Sweden. Site visitors include researchers of university centers of Jewish studies, and staff from Jewish museums and community newspapers. Memory of the Holocaust is the product of a collaborative effort by a group of professionals working at various academic institutes, in the mass media, and in the technology sector. You can view the project here
The Museum tells the tragic story of Babi Yar. Much has been said and written about this tragedy – however, there is no museum in the town where the tragedy unfurled. The mission of the project is to make Holocaust history known to as broad an audience as possible.
A virtual museum was established online, which grants immediate access to users from any point in the world. It covers all aspects of the gruesome tragedy that befell the Jews of Kiev. The site is visited by hundreds of viewers daily.
 A theatrical performance And we are Sought by the Germans and their Dogs was created, based on Alla Aizensharf's poetry collection, Written in the Ghetto. A wonderful Israeli poet, Alla Aizensharf survived the horrors of the Holocaust; her writings are penetrated by its memory – never silent, never dormant. This production laid the foundations of fruitful collaboration between Jewish and non-Jewish schools in Odessa and the City Jewish Museum. Several performances were given at various schools around Odessa.
The Jewish Museum is undertaking a major effort aimed at ensuring and enhancing interest in the Holocaust among school-aged children and older students in Odessa and beyond. The play serves as a bridge across generations, a roll-call between different epochs, and a tribute to the works of an outstanding poet.
Over its three-month run, the play was presented at several non-Jewish schools in Odessa. Hundreds of viewers learned its touching story dating back to the Holocaust. The performance was filmed and posted on the Migdal website 
 The project "Wikipedia and the Holocaust" is brought to life by the simple fact that Wikipedia is widely accepted as the most important knowledge-base available, presenting detailed information on a wide variety of subjects to the broadest global audience. Additionally, Wikipedia is easily accessible for the mass user.
A portal dedicated to the Holocaust has been established in the Russian-language section of Wikipedia, and currently serves as the main page on this topic. The project also coordinates the work of authors writing articles on the Holocaust, and assists new, inexperienced authors.
The project aims to deepen knowledge of the Holocaust by utilizing an important learning channel, and turning it into an effective means of commemoration.
 This project is an initiative of the Public Association "Holocaust Republican Foundation." The goal is to develop the Museum of Jewish History and Culture in the city of Minsk.
The following permanent exhibitions are displayed at the Museum:
• Jews of Belarus Between the Two World Wars
• Jews of Belarus During the Holocaust
• The Jewish Resistance
Museum collections are constantly broadened through an on-going search for materials, a process which is continually refined. The project aims to systematize and describe new exhibits, and prepare an online data catalogue. 
 This performance is a musical dramatic narrative about the fate of Jewish actors in the Vilna Ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania. It is based on the renowned script by Israeli playwright Yehoshuah Sobol, entitled simply The Ghetto, and incorporates choreography by Victoria Bukun as well as "The Ghetto Tango," a musical score composed of Yiddish songs.
This unusual combination of diverse artistic media presents a well-known tragic story in a new and fresh light, achieving maximum impact on the audience.
In 2012, several performances were held in Kishinev, each garnering a full house of several hundred viewers.
An additional performance was held at the Kishinev State Russian Theater in January 2013 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 
 The project consists of a series of educational films dedicated to preserving the memory of Holocaust victims for all generations.
A unique feature of the project is the language of film, easily understood by younger Russian-speaking Israelis. Each film is accompanied by commentary provided by renowned experts in the field of Jewish studies.
Great significance has been assigned to the musical soundtrack of the films. Each episode, dealing with a specific period in Holocaust history, will have a sound of its own: from Klezmer to wartime songs, all the way to modern Jewish and Israeli music. Filming will take place during tours organized by the International School of Jewish Tour Guides in Kiev.
The project is not yet complete, but five out of six educational trips have taken place - one more trip (to Crimea) is scheduled for spring 2013, however, the footage already filmed is sufficient to produce the videos that are the ultimate purpose of the project.
Project participants have already visited Jewish sites in 23 cities and towns and met with representatives of 14 Jewish communities.
Participants actively participate in educational trips within the project and contribute to the creation of the movies; experts are engaged to develop the accompanying reference material for the movies thus ensuring the quality of the final product.
The project has established viable relations with communal, municipal and professional partners, thus providing extra channels for the project's results dissemination. Three educations films and a guide will be published on the JUKraine website.
 This project aims to fill the gaps in the historical records of Jewish participation in partisan and underground movements in Odessa and the surrounding areas.
Research, study and systematization of information based on archival materials and other data sources will culminate in the publication of a scholarly monograph. Materials and information on Jewish partisans will also be broadly publicized in the mass media.
Three educational expeditions were made to Odessa catacombs. The stationing location of a previously unknown partisan unit was discovered and the identity of the unit is being clarified.
Underground photographs were taken of various drawings and inscriptions from the World War II era (including those of anti-Semitic content). Lists of partisan units and groups were discovered, as well as reports on their military operations and lists of decorated resistance fighters.
The research continues with the aim of identifying Jewish members of underground resistance groups and partisan units, and analyzing the nature of their involvement in underground activities.
The content of underground wall inscriptions is being examined to assess their correspondence to the lists discovered in the archives.
The monograph was published online in March 2013. 
 This project studies the most important documents from the collection of the Odessa District State Archives related to the topic of Holocaust history in the territories of Odessa District.
The study is a continuation of a prior project launched in 2011, which created the digital database – "Soviet Citizens (Residents of Odessa District) and Romanian Nationals Deported to the Ghetto of Transnistria County: 1941-44" – which contains over ten thousand names.
A detailed list has been composed of archival funds containing the names of ghetto prisoners. Systematization and further development of the database continues, including translation of documents from German and Romanian to Russian.
Considering that the above archival materials are virtually unknown to a broader audience, their publication on the website of the local Jewish community, MIGDAL, will ensure that newly uncovered information on the Holocaust will undoubtedly spread far and wide. The project will also aim to facilitate discussion about the newly published materials among members of Odessa's Jewish community.
Previously inaccessible lists were procured for publication. Moreover, the discovered names did not appear in the mass ghetto rosters but were scattered across various archival records, some of them unconnected to the Holocaust. 
 The Story of a Tzadik presents the topics of the Holocaust and heroism via animation.
The idea of creating an animated feature on these topics was first proposed at the Memory of the Holocaust Seminar at Yad Vashem, in January 2012.
A "modeling clay" animated film was created based on a real Holocaust story, and a special educational program was built around the cartoon. Screening of the film and a discussion of Holocaust-related topics will take place in the Jewish communities of Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Perm and Tyumen.
The film was screened in Moscow on the International Memorial Day for the Victims of the Holocaust, in January 2013. 
 The project creates a travel guide series to the sites populated by the Jewish Communities of Bessarabia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which were completely destroyed during the Holocaust.
Sites from the cities and towns of Kishinev, Beltzy, Soroka, Rybnitza, Dubossary and Bendery are all included in the guides. From 1941 to 1944, Jewish ghettos existed in these locations – few memorials to the victims of the Holocaust remain today at ghetto sites.
Travel guide materials are intended for use by history teachers, librarians, students, Jewish community leaders and activists. The guides will also be presented to the Moldavian National Department for the Affairs of Ethnic Minorities.
Implementation of this project will help achieve the following goals:
• Providing teachers and students with a systemized collection of study materials on the history, daily lives and traditions of Bessarabian Jews before and during World War II.
• Uniting a wealth of data on Bessarabian and Moldovan Jews collected over the course of 20 years, and preserving it for future generations. 
 "The Horrors of War and Mother's Love " will examine the heroic deeds of mothers trying to save their Jewish children in Minsk between the years 1941 and 1943. Situations where non-Jewish mothers, under the pain of death, took in and raised children from the ghetto will be studied. Particular attention will be given to the topics of motherhood in the ghetto and in the Jewish partisan units.
The project incorporates a stage performance based on interviews with former underage ghetto prisoners, as well as collections of archival documents.
Thirty families participated in the project. The play Under Open Skies will be presented in March and April 2013 by members of the Jewish Mothers' Club at the YAMA Memorial ("The Pit") in Minsk. 
 Preparation of a photographic exhibit dedicated to the Jewish townships in the Vinnitsa District, based on research by Eugeny Schneider, a graduate of the Yad Vashem Youth Leadership Seminar.
The exhibit consists of several sections:
• "Life in the Jewish Shtetls before the Holocaust" – based on archival materials and photographs
• " Jewish Shtetls During the Holocaust" – mass murder sites, photographs of memorials, camps and ghettos
• "The Life of Jewish Shtetls after the Holocaust" – photographs of the remaining architectural monuments to once vibrant local Jewish culture – synagogues, Jewish homes, etc., as well as modern-day Jewish life in the former shtetls
Fourteen educational expeditions covering 22 sites are planned. These sites were populated mainly by Jews during World War II. Fascinating and unique material has been collected: photographs of the architectural layout and housing plans of the shtetl, and of surviving synagogue buildings, communal buildings, memorial sites and monuments. Several previously unknown mass murder sites were discovered where Jews were massacred during the Nazi occupation.
The exhibition is presented at the National Museum of Jewish Ukrainian History and the Holocaust (Dnipropetrovsk), and at the Holocaust Victims Memorial Museum (Vinnytsia).
Copies of the photographs will be donated to the collections of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.