80th Anniversary of Babyn Yar Holocaust Massacre Tragedy

80th Anniversary of Babyn Yar Holocaust Massacre Tragedy

September 29-30, 2021 marks 80 years of the Babyn Yar massacre tragedy when the first victims of the Nazi policy of extermination - almost 34,000 Jews - were killed in Babyn Yar ravine in Kyiv. Overall up to 100,000 people were killed during Kyiv occupation by Nazis in 1941-1943.

U.S.-Ukraine Foundation joins Ukrainians and international community in honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the tragedy of Babyn Yar.

Last year the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the Charity Organization Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Charity Fund signed in the presence of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation for the establishment of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial and building the first modern Holocaust museum in Eastern Europe. As reads the Center’s website (https://babynyar.org/en/), the Memorial Center will bring together a museum, research institutes, a library, an archive, an online multimedia platform and an interfaith space to study the tragedy and commemorate its victims.

In September 2021, the government of Ukraine by its resolution granted lifelong state scholarships to Ukrainian citizens who rescued Jews in Ukraine during the Holocaust and were awarded with the title of the Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli Yad Vashem National Memorial’s Institute of Holocaust or with the title of the Righteous of Ukraine or the Righteous Babyn Yar awarded by the Jewish Council of Ukraine.

There are more than 4,000 Ukrainian holders of the honorary title of Righteous of Ukraine or Righteous of Babyn Yar, of which more than 2,500 were recognized as the Righteous Among the Nations. Some of their touching stories prepared by the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory can be viewed here (https://www.xn--e1agqdganc.com.ua/index.php?lang=eng).

In the fall of 1991, Ukraine that just established its independence marked the 50th Anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy inviting many international guests including an American group headed by Jonathan Bush, the president's brother, that also included U.S.-Ukraine Foundation President Nadia McConnell.