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Exhibit Opening:
“Memorial Drawings: Remembering the Holocaust Victims and their Liberators” Gennady Dobrov

On 17 January 2008 at 6:00 p.m. the exhibition "Memorial Drawings: Remembering the Holocaust Victims and Their Liberators" by Gennady  Dobrov, an Honored Artist of Russia, and an Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Arts, opened at the United Nations Headquarters.   Organized by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in cooperation with the UN Information Centre in Moscow the exhibition was held in observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The initiative paid tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims and their liberators.At the opening reception, from left to right, Mrs. Marina Bakhtina; the artist Mr. Gennady Dobrov; Mr. Ruslan Bakhtin, Russian Mission to the UN; Mr. Leonid Rosenberg, President of American Association of Holocaust Survivors; and Mr. Felix Strashnov, member of the American Association of Holocaust Survivors.

From 1994 to 2000, Gennady Dobrov visited former Nazi concentration camps in Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. From these repeated trips he brought home very sorrowful and bitter impressions that crystallized into this series of drawings.

The opening was hosted by Ilya Rogachev, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations with remarks by Eric Falt, Representative of the Untied Nations Department of Public Information. Along with the artist, the opening was attended by representatives of Russian-American World War II veterans associations and Holocaust survivors, Secretariat officials, diplomats, members of the public and the media.

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