On the 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, the Ukrainian government has signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with the Babi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center, to promote and accelerate the construction processes of the Rehabilitation Museum in memory of its victims.
The memorandum, signed by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Tkachenko Oleksandr and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Memorial Center, the President of the Jewish Congress, Ron Lauder, states that the preservation and restoration of Babi Yar’s tragedy is an integral part of the Jewish people, national memory and national memory. Others who fell victim to the crimes of the Nazi regime. Both sides recognized the need to unite the efforts directed at the preservation and restoration of historical memory.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zalansky, who attended the official memorial service, said: “We must not forget the tragedy of Babi Yar. We understand that this is not only the history of Ukraine and the Jewish people, but a historical tragedy all over the world. People, especially teenagers, should be able to come and see “The place where thousands of Jews were shot, to truly remember one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century. We must all understand that this can not happen in the modern world, or in the future. Never again.”
The massacre that took place in Babi Yar claimed the lives of 33,771 Jewish victims who were shot dead in just two days in 1941. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians, gypsies, the mentally ill and others were subsequently shot during every occupation of Kiev by Nazi soldiers.
A member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Holocaust Remembrance at Avi Yar and the President of the World Jewish Congress, Ron Lauder, said: “Almost 80 years after the incident, the tortured souls will finally be housed in a memorial – a museum that will also tell the history of the Holocaust. “Memory and towards justice. We have never forgotten, and now the whole world, thanks to you, will never forget.”
In a special broadcast held during the day commemorating the murder of Ukrainian Jews, President (Ruby) Rivlin called for the preservation of one of the darkest chapters in human history, which the Soviet authorities tried to obscure: “There was no cruel and more alienated death than death in Babi Yar. “Among them were babies, women, children and the elderly, who were slaughtered for two days in the valley of the killing,” the president said.
” Two sins the terrible valley knew: the sin of destroying man and the sin of destroying memory. The sin of annihilation has already been committed. We will not be able to bring the dead back to life. We must not be complicit in the second crime, which we must prevent. We must not take part in the sin of oblivion and denial, “Rivlin added.
The chairman of the advisory council of the Memorial Center, Natan Sharansky, a native of Ukraine, described in a broadcast how “we played near the places where hundreds of thousands of Jews were murdered only a few years earlier and we did not know about it.”
The museum’s gates will open in 2026, but the Avi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center is already operating 12 research, education and commemoration programs today. During the broadcast, a selection of recent research initiatives were presented, which yielded new discoveries about the massacre, such as the naming project that the center is leading to the identification of 907 victims from the killing field that were not previously known.
Another study by the center that incorporates topographic technologies was able to arrive at the exact location of the shooting areas of the massacre using a three-dimensional model. In recent weeks, monuments, audio and visual exhibits have been erected in the area, allowing visitors to hear, see and learn about the lives of Jews who were murdered in Kiev before and during the war.
“The Babi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center was built to tell the story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe,” the center’s director, Max Jacob, explained today. “We built this unique museum exactly where the Babi Yar atrocities took place. The museum preserves the stories of the past so that we can learn lessons for the future and ensure that these atrocities do not return. This is the piece that was missing in the puzzle of the Holocaust story. “
The artistic director of the Memorial Center, Ilya Kharzhanovsky, stressed in the broadcast: “This museum we are establishing is the first large Holocaust memorial center to be established in a time of transition since we are in the last decade where Holocaust survivors live. Our responsibility is to make this transition Give future generations the opportunity to feel the past as the present, and technology allows us to keep the memory alive. “
The Abi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center is being set up in Kiev to commemorate the victims of the Abi Yar massacre, 33,771 killed in two days in late September 1941, and to tell the story of 1.5 million Jews murdered by the Nazis in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. The memorial center already holds, until its establishment in 2026, memorial activities, education and dialogue alongside extensive historical activity about the horrific massacre.
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