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The Library Discussion
(Holocaust)
21 August 2001

Library of the Academy of Science

  The Discussion dedicated to Holocaust took place in the Central Library of the Academy of Science on the third day of the Festival. Yevgeniya Karyakina, the head of The Republican Jewish Library, conducted the discussion.

  The discussion was based on the book by Itskhak Katsnelson "The Ode about killed Jewish people". The author of the book is a famous Jewish poet, and many streets in Israel are named after him. He and all his family - his wife and three sons were killed in concentrations camps Treblinka and Osventsim. He knew he was responsible for history and he had to leave an evidence of the Catastrophe. That motivated him to write his "Ode..." and make great efforts to pass it outside the concentration camp. That's how this document was saved for the future generations. Katsnelson's poem is a desperate cry addressed to God, weeping about 6 million Jews killed by Nazi butchers.

  The scenario of the meeting was pretty unusual. There was a memorial candle burning by the wreath, made of real flowers. Nonna Gatsenko accompanied Yevgeniya Karyakina with reading the stanzas from all 15 songs compiling the book. Many of the guests shed tears; there were a lot of prisoners of concentration camps who still remember Holocaust.

Nonna Gatsenko is reading "The Ode..."
Nonna Gatsenko is reading "The Ode..."
He was a prisoner of a concentration camp
He was a prisoner of a concentration camp
Yevgeniya Karyakina is conducting the discussion
Yevgeniya Karyakina is conducting the discussion
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