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  • 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 ▸

  • Gorbachev Condemns Anti-semitism in Statement at Babi Yar Ceremony

    Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s unprecedented acknowledgment and condemnation of anti-Semitism has received a welcome response from Jewish organizational leaders, who now want to see words followed up by deeds. Gorbachev acknowledged the existence of Soviet anti-Semitism in a statement read on his behalf at a ceremony Saturday night commemorating the murder of tens of thousands… More ▸

  • Jews Mark Yahrzeit of Babi Yar, Ask Ukraine to Confront History

    In two weeks, Jews from around the world will come to the Ukrainian city of Kiev to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest tragedies of the Holocaust: the massacre of tens of thousands of Jews at Babi Yar. But on the Jewish calendar, the yahrzeit of that slaughter was last Thursday. And… More ▸