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  • Across the Former Soviet Union Dispute over Babi Yar Escalates As Jewish Leader Declared Non Grata

    A thorn in the side of the authorities during Soviet days, Jewish community representative Josef Zissels is now pricking Ukrainian Jewish leaders — so much so that they’ve declared him persona non grata. “The council unanimously considers that Mr. Zissels’ activities have brought irreparable harm to the authority, unity and integrity of the Jewish community… More ▸

  • Opponents of Babi Yar Project Hold First Meeting to Organize, Debate

    Opponents of a planned multimillion-dollar memorial and community center at Babi Yar are trying to rouse the public to their side. A group called the Community Committee for the Commemoration of the Victims of Babi Yar invited a range of Holocaust experts, members of the media and the public to attend a discussion forum April… More ▸

  • Skepticism over Compromise Efforts for New Community Center at Babi Yar

    Efforts are under way to broker a compromise over a proposed community center at the site of the Babi Yar killings. But whether these efforts will succeed is still unclear. Opponents of a plan for the center have written an open letter to the Ukrainian president, expressing their misgivings. At issue is a multimillion-dollar project… More ▸

  • Sixty Years After Babi Yar Massacre, Focus Has Turned to Holocaust Killings

    The word “Auschwitz” brings a recognizable chill to the spine. Adults and children in much of the world are taught about the gas chambers that symbolize the worst of the Holocaust — and of human horrors. But for many, the term “Babi Yar” — where more than 33,000 Jews were slaughtered on the outskirts of… More ▸

  • Memorializing Babi Yar Massacre Has Proven to Be a Difficult Task

    In the fall of 1941, Kiev’s Jews were rounded up and taken to Babi Yar, then a ravine on the edge of the Ukrainian city. “These Jews themselves presented themselves voluntarily, believing they were to be evacuated,” Shmuel Spector, a scholar on the Holocaust in Ukraine, has written. No one was evacuated. Instead, on Sept…. More ▸

  • Pope Remembers Jewish Suffering During Visit to Memorial at Babi Yar

    In his first visit to a Jewish site since a controversial appearance in Syria in May, Pope John Paul paid tribute this week to thousands of Ukrainian Jews killed by the Nazis in one of the bloodiest slaughters of the Holocaust. The 81-year-old pope bowed his head and prayed in silence for five minutes Monday… More ▸

  • Clinton Visits Ukrainian Jews After Tribute to Babi Yar Victims

    During a trip to Ukraine last week, President Clinton met privately with members of the Kiev Jewish community after paying tribute to the tens of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis at Babi Yar. The chief rabbi of Ukraine, Ya’acov Bleich, described the reception as an important opportunity for the president and the community… More ▸

  • Jews in Kiev Commemorate Brutal Massacre at Babi Yar

    Several hundred Jews gathered here last weekend to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the mass execution of the Jews of Kiev at Babi Yar by the Nazis during World War II. Speaking to the audience Sunday, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, chief rabbi of Ukraine, said, “The scene at Babi Yar showed the barbarity of the… More ▸

  • Visiting Ukrainian Leader Disclaims Country’s Blame for Babi Yar Killings

    Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk said this week that the Ukrainian people should not be blamed for the Babi Yar massacre of Jews during World War II. Speaking toward the close of a three-day state visit, he said it was a “historical error” to blame the Nazi killings on the people of the Ukraine. He said… More ▸