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  • 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 ▸

  • Bush Pays Emotional Tribute to the Martyrs of Babi Yar

    President Bush was clearly moved as he paid tribute in Kiev last week to the tens of thousands of victims buried at Babi Yar, site of one of the first and most notorious Nazi experiments at annihilating Jews. The American president’s voice nearly broke with emotion as he addressed some 300 people Aug. 1 in… More ▸

  • Ukraine to Mark Babi Yar Massacre, in Major Reversal of Soviet Practice

    The government of the Ukrainian republic of the Soviet Union is now trying to rectify years of Soviet failure to acknowledge that more than 33,000 Jews were massacred by the German army at Babi Yar, outside of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. A weeklong series of commemorative events will take place in Kiev between Sept. 29… More ▸

  • ADL Criticizes Soviet Film on Babi Yar As Distortion of History

    A new Soviet documentary film on the Nazi massacre at Babi Yar “distorts history” by virtually ignoring the murder of approximately 100,000 Jews, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. ADL associate director Abraham Foxman said the 70-minute film, like the Soviet memorial at the massacre site near Kiev, neglects the principal victims of… More ▸

  • Hearings on Soviet Anti-semitism Commemorate Babi Yar Massacre

    Hearings to increase public awareness of officially-condoned anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union were held on Capitol Hill last week. The hearings, which took place Oct. 6, were designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the massacre of more than 33,000 Jews by the Nazis at Babi Yar near Kiev in the Ukraine. The special hearings… More ▸

  • Rallies Held to Commemorate 35th Anniversary of Massacre at Babi Yar

    Prayer services and demonstrations were held here today to commemorate the Sept. 29,1941 massacre of 100,000 Jews by the Nazis in the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev and to express solidarity with Soviet Jews who will conduct memorial services on the site tomorrow in defiance of a ban by the KGB. The Kaddish, the traditional… More ▸

  • Police Disperse 1000 Jews, Arrest 4 at Babi Yar Memorial

    Soviet police arrested four Jews and dispersed more than 1000 attending a memorial for Jews massacred by the Nazis at Babi Yar, near Kiev, Jewish sources in the Soviet Union reported today. The sources said the arrests occurred yesterday as a large crowd gathered at the Babi Yar ravine where an estimated 70,000 Jews were… More ▸

  • Students Report Elderly Jews Arrested at Babi Yar

    Basing their reports on telephone conversations Monday with Soviet Jews, the Baltimore-Washington Union of Jewish Students said today that seven elderly Jews had been arrested at Babi Yar where they had gone to memorialize the victims of the Nazi massacre. According to the students, the Jews were reported as not wishing to emigrate. This action… More ▸