Winners of Russian Holocaust Foundation prize visit UNESCOFive students from the Russian Federation who won an essay contest run by the Russian Holocaust Foundation were received today at UNESCO by Marcio Barbosa, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General.
The trip to UNESCO was part of a prize for Michael Mateev, Dimitri Dozorets, Elvira Churygmova, Dimitri Raykonen and Natalia Beldy, who wrote the best essays about “The Nuremberg Trial – The Lessons of War Crimes.” They were accompanied by Dr Ilya Altman, Director of the Russian Holocaust Foundation.
“These prize winners, torch-bearers of enlightened reflection on our era, are there to remind us of our common duty to transmit to younger generations universal values founded on the respect of human rights and human dignity,” said Mr Barbosa.
Yevgeni Siderov, former Russian Minister of Culture and Vladimir Kalamanov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation also attended the ceremony.
The prize for the essay contest was donated by the Association Verbe et Lumiere, a French foundation established by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre Europe to apply lessons learnt from the Holocaust period to contemporary issues.