KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Jewish communities in Ukraine lit candles and observed a moment of silence to honor the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims.
Tuesday’s moment of silence culminated a week of events to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to remember the 1.5 million Jews killed in Ukraine, including meetings, roundtables, seminars and discussions, exhibitions and film screenings.
There was no official national ceremony, but the Jewish Forum of Ukraine, the All-Ukrainian Association of Jews — made up of concentration camp and ghetto survivors — and the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies co-hosted a memorial meeting called “Six Million Hearts” in Kiev on Tuesday at the Academic Institution for Political and Ethnic Studies. At the same time, a group of Ukrainian youngsters gathered to mark the event at the Jewish Council of Ukraine.
Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov hosted commemorative meetings in remembrance of Holocaust.
The meetings, discussions and film screening in Dnepropetrovsk and Odessa were organized by Tkuma, Ukraine’s central Holocaust foundation based in Dnepropetrovsk.