“We must not take part in the sin of oblivion and denial”

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In collaboration with the Holocaust Remembrance Center at Avi Yar

“On Babi Yar there is no hand and no tombstone

Steep gorge – like a figure rolling on a grave

Today I am as old as

If I were the Jewish people themselves “…

These words are part of a poem written by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the son of a Ukrainian mother and a German father, following Yevtushenko’s visit to the site of the extermination of the Jews of Kiev in Avi Yar, about which, in the poet’s words,

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Yesterday (Tuesday) marked the anniversary of the two-day massacre of Babi Yar (September 29 and 30, 1941) in which 33,771 Jews of Kiev – women, children and men – were rounded up and taken to the Valley of Killing in Babi Yar, where they were brutally murdered by the Nazis. Babi Yar was the site of a murder to which the Nazi Germans, Jews and non-Jews, led throughout the war.

In a special broadcast commemorating the murder of Ukrainian Jews and establishing a new Holocaust memorial center there, President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin said: “There has been no more concentrated and alienating cruel death than death in Babi Yar. In the Valley of Killing.

“That terrible valley knew two sins: the sin of destroying man and the sin of destroying memory,” the president eulogized. “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.”

At the same time as marking the 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, the Ukrainian government, following the official memorial service, signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with the Babi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center (BYHMC) to promote and accelerate the museum’s reconstruction process in memory of its victims.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ukraine for the Establishment of a Memorial Center for the Victims of the Abi Yar MassacreSigning of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ukraine for the Establishment of a Memorial Center for the Victims of the Abi Yar Massacre

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ukraine for the Establishment of a Memorial Center for the Victims of the Abi Yar Massacre

(צילום: Evgeny Borisovsky)

A memorandum signed by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Tkachenko Oleksandr and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Memorial Center, 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.

Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, President of the Jewish Congress Ron Lauder and President of Ukraine Vladimir Zlansky next to the new monumentRabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, President of the Jewish Congress Ron Lauder and President of Ukraine Vladimir Zlansky next to the new monument

(Right 🙂 Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, President of the Jewish Congress Ron Lauder and President of Ukraine Vladimir Zlansky next to the new monument

(צילום: Evgeny Borisovsky)

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 new monument consists of ten perforated mirror pillars, stoves in which the victims of the massacre in Babi Yar were shot.The new monument consists of ten perforated mirror pillars, stoves in which the victims of the massacre in Babi Yar were shot.

The new monument consists of ten perforated mirror pillars, stoves in which the victims of the massacre in Babi Yar were shot.

(צילום: Evgeny Borisovsky)

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.”

The special broadcast was also attended by Natan Sharansky, who serves as chairman of the advisory committee of the memorial center currently located in Babi Yar, who said: “I was born in the Soviet Union, I grew up among the killing fields in Odessa, Kiev and Kharkov. We played near the places where hundreds of thousands of Jews had been murdered just a few years earlier and we did not know about it. Thank God, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the independent Ukraine changed its approach to commemorating the Holocaust, for me this is the opportunity to close the circle. ”

Nathan Sharansky, Hugh"R. Advisory Committee of the Center for the Remembrance of the Holocaust in Avi YarNathan Sharansky, Hugh"R. Advisory Committee of the Center for the Commemoration of the Holocaust in Avi Yar

Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Holocaust Remembrance at Avi Yar

Although the museum is due to open in 2026, the Avi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center is already operating 12 research, education and commemoration programs. During the broadcast, a selection of recent research initiatives were presented, which yielded new discoveries about the massacre. For example, the naming project that the center is leading has resulted in the identification of 907 victims from the killing valley 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, audio and visual exhibits have been set up in the area, allowing visitors to hear and learn about the lives of Jews murdered in Kiev before and during the war.

The simulation of the entrance to the new memorial centerThe simulation of the entrance to the new memorial center

The simulation of the entrance to the new memorial center

(Photo: Courtesy of the Holocaust Remembrance Center at Avi Yar)

“The Babi Yar Holocaust Remembrance Center was built to tell the story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe,” explained the center’s director general, Max Yakover. 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 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. It is our responsibility to make this transition in a way that we will not lose anything, and we will give future generations a chance to feel the past as the present. The memory lives on. ” The artistic director of the Memorial Center, Ilya Kharznowski, emphasized.

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Elia Kharzhanovsky

(Photo: Sandra Weller )

The Holocaust Remembrance Center in Avi Yar Established in Kiev to commemorate the victims of the Babi Yar massacre, 33,771 in two days murdered 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.

In collaboration with the Holocaust Remembrance Center at Avi Yar





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