A four-day conference will be held by non-profit organization Limmud FSU in Lviv, Ukraine, starting Thursday, Nov. 3. The event will be a “dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of learning, culture and creativity” according to an organization press release and is expected to attract at least 900 participants.
75 years after Babi Yar: WJC leaders praise ‘miracle of Jewish revival in Ukraine’, but say world hasn’t learned lessons of HolocaustSource: World Jewish Congress UJE in the News
Speaking at a commemorative dinner on Wednesday night, Lauder said: “Babi Yar is one of the most infamous pieces of ground in the entire world. Tens of thousands of our people were killed there for only one reason: because they were Jewish.”
To mark the 75th anniversary of the tragedy, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter together with the World Jewish Congress organized a commemorative project in Kyiv. Activities include a public symposium, and international landscape competition, a youth conference, and a concert.
The anniversary attracted elites from across Europe and around the world, with Ukraine’s politicians recognizing the need to properly mark the massacre to break from the Soviet version of its history. Challenging those distortions has become increasingly important in the context of de-communization.
NEW YORK – At the invitation of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, the newly elected president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), Andriy Futey, and his predecessor, Tamara Olexy, traveled to Ukraine to participate in the official commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy.
KYIV – Once dubbed the “Kyivan Switzerland” for its picturesque landscape in northwestern Kyiv, Babyn Yar (which translates as old woman’s ravine) today is a public park surrounded by a concrete jungle of Soviet-era urban planning. Two memorials stand here to mark the horrific killing of more than 100,000 people – two-thirds of them Jews – 75 years ago by occupying Nazi German forces in 1941-1943.
Live from Babi Yar in Kiev, Ukraine: The Washington Post’s Andrew Roth visits a memorial dedicated to the victims of Babi Yar, one of the single largest massacres of the Nazi Holocaust. His guests are Natalia A. Feduschak, Director of Communications, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and Mykhailo Hutor, whose grandmother and mother, Kateryna and Iryna Sikorsky (Hutor) were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations, an honorific used by Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
We stand at the edge and watch a family play with a remote-controlled toy car by a playground that’s inside the ravine. A girl tosses a ball in the air as she walks past a monumental menorah and asks her grandmother, “What’s with the celebration?” as she takes note of the flowers and wreaths placed at its stone base.
Timothy Snyder, a professor at Yale University, explained how we should remember Babyn Yar today…Hello this is Ukraine Calling. A weekly roundup of what’s been happening in Ukraine, with a focus on a main story. I’m Bohdan Nahaylo, currently with Democracy Reporting International in Ukraine, standing in at Hromadske Radio in Kyiv, and here are the some of the main stories from Ukraine.