2019-06-04 18:48:00

Russia's Jews present country as example of tolerance for Europe

Moscow, June 4, Interfax - Unlike in Europe, there is no anti-Semitism in Russia, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR).

"In Europe, Jews again are saying that it is dangerous to wear a kippah outside and openly talk about the Holocaust. In Russia, there is no anti-Semitism, which directly reflects on relations within a society that will not allow any elements of xenophobia," FJCR President Alexander Boroda said at the unveiling of a monument to Jewish heroes of resistance in concentration camps and ghettoes in Moscow on Tuesday.

The monument is an image of two black slabs being moved apart by human hands.

"The black slabs are an image of an unbreachable wall behind which is an alienation zone, they are reminiscent of gravestone moved by the hands of a man who is striving for freedom, striving for life. The slabs symbolize destruction, the hands are a symbol of life," Boroda said.

The new memorial will be a reminder of the strength of human spirit and people's right to freedom, he said.

The composition also has a built-in interactive screen with a map and information about revolts at concentration camps and ghettoes.

Today's ceremony took place on the grounds of the Jewish Museum in Moscow and was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials, diplomats, and the museum's board of trustees' chairman Viktor Vekselberg, who sponsored the project.

The first stone was laid on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2018 in the presence of President Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

About 100 people took part in the competition for the design of the composition, which was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the revolt at Sobibor extermination camp.