U.N. Ukrainian office marks Holocaust

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — The United Nations office in Ukraine hosted a public discussion on the Holocaust and Holocaust education.

Researchers and teachers, experts from nongovernmental organizatons and government authorities, representatives of the international community and journalists met Monday in Kiev for a roundtable discussion aimed at encouraging open discussion on Holocaust education and remembrance in Ukraine. The program was held to mark international Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Ukrainian Society and Holocaust Remembrance: Educational Aspect” also addressed the issue of how the Holocaust is taught in the state’s schools and universities.

The discussion was initiated and organized by the United Nations in Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.

Roundtable guests included Francis O’Donnell, U.N. resident coordinator in Ukraine; Zina Kalay-Kleitman, Israel’s Ukraine ambassador; and Anatoly Podolsky, director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.

O’Donnell said the “Holocaust will always be a reminder for all people about threats that come as a result of hatred, racism and prejudice.”

“Holocaust remembrance," Podolsky said, "should be a part of historical memory in Ukraine.”
 

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