UJE Babyn Yar Symposium, Day 1

Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi (left) and Adrian Karatnycky (right), UJE board members who co-chaired the Babyn Yar Commemoration, opened the public symposium on September 26, 2016.

September 29, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the murder of 34,000 Jews that occurred at Babyn Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Like Auschwitz in Poland, Babyn Yar in Ukraine has become a major symbol of the destruction of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust.

From September 23-29, 2016, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canada-based non-governmental organization, working in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress, Ukraine’s government, and other Ukrainian Jewish and diaspora organizations, sponsored a series of public events commemorating the atrocities that occurred at Babyn Yar. The events include a youth conference, a public symposium, a memorial space competition, and a commemorative concert.


The following is a video presentation of the first day of the public symposium, which took place in Kyiv on September 26, 2016.


Monday, September 26 2016

Public Symposium
(in English and Ukrainian)


00:16 – 13:29
“Babyn Yar”
Orchestral work by Dmytro Kytsenko Kyiv Camerata National Ensemble Valerii Matiukhin, conductor


13:35 – 27:13
Adrian Karatnycky (USA)
Professor Paul Robert Magocsi (Canada)


27:19 – 1:00:00
Presidential Administration
Ministries of Ukraine
Diplomatic Corps


1:00:40 – 2:27:00
“Babyn Yar and the Holocaust: Remembering the Future”
Professor Timothy Snyder (USA)
Professor Guido Hausmann (Germany)
Professor Yaroslav Hrytsak (Ukraine)
(in English and Ukrainian)


Panel Discussion
“The Holocaust in International Law and Academic Research”
Professor Philippe de Lara (France)
Professor Norman Naimark (USA)
Dr. Anatoly Podolsky (Ukraine)
Myroslav Marynovych (Ukraine)
Professor Maksym Hon (Ukraine)


Panel Discussion
 “Babyn Yar: Symbol of the Holocaust and Other Tragedies” 
Professor Karel Berkhoff (The Netherlands)
Dr. Kiril Feferman (Israel)
Dr. Vitalii Nakhmanovych (Ukraine)
Professor Wolf Moskovich (Israel)
Dr. Igor Shchupak (Ukraine)


Panel Discussion
 “Babyn Yar: Paradigms of Memory”
Dr. Toomas Hiio (Estonia)
Dr. Andreas Umland (Germany)
Dr. Volodymyr Viatrovych (Ukraine)
Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych (Ukraine)
Professor Alla Kiridon (Ukraine)


The full conference program is here.