The United Nations in Ukraine hosted a public discussion on the Holocaust.
Researchers, teachers, government authorities and representatives of the international community met Monday in Kiev for a program aimed at encouraging discussion on Holocaust education and remembrance in Ukraine.
“Memory of the Holocaust and Ukrainian Society: Educational Perspective” also addressed the problem of how the Holocaust is taught in the republic’s schools and universities.
The event was organized by the United Nations in Ukraine in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
“The Holocaust will forever be a warning to all people of the dangers of hatred, racism and prejudice,” said Francis O’Donnell, the U.N. resident coordinator in Ukraine.
O’Donnell hoped that Ukraine would join the 25 member countries of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
“The total extermination of Jewry during the Nazi rule in Ukraine must be considered not just as a part of Jewish history but also as an integral part of the history of Ukraine, and that is why this tragedy must be studied and commemorated in Ukrainian society,” said Anatoly Podolsky, the director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.