Jewish Congress urged to write the Holocaust with a capital letter

The Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) asked the Spelling Commission and the V. V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences to make changes to the Russian language dictionaries. REC insists that the word “holocaust” should be capitalized.

The congress explained this by saying that the capitalization denotes “a specific historical tragedy, genocide on a national basis of the Jewish people”, which resulted in the death of 6 million people. “We noticed that many — including federal — media write the word “Holocaust” with a lowercase (small) letter. In this they are guided by spelling dictionaries, where such a spelling is recorded, ”they said. RBC In the organisation.

In May 2022, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with an Italian television company, suggested that Adolf Hitler had Jewish blood and connected this fact with the possibility of “Nazification” of Ukraine despite the Jewish origin of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The words of the Russian minister caused an international outcry and indignation of Israeli officials. Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko then called on Israel to work together to counter Holocaust denial.

Laura Keffer


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