2016 Leadership Mission to Ukraine
Daily Digest #3: Babi Yar Remembrance Ceremony
Kyiv, Ukraine

September 30, 2016 --
On Thursday, the NCSEJ 2016 Leadership Mission to Ukraine  concluded its mission to Kyiv.

The delegation visited Ukraine this week to participate in a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the massacres of Jews at the Babi Yar ravine, in 1941.

On Thursday morning, Chairman Daniel Rubin, President Alexander Smukler and CEO Mark Levin attended a signing ceremony, where the national government and Kyiv city government of Ukraine proclaimed their intention to build a museum at the Babi Yar memorial dedicated to Holocaust victims and the history of the Holocaust.

The signing ceremony was organized and hosted by Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko. Speakers included President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and additional major donors to the project

Later that morning, the delegation attended a concert performance at the National Opera of Ukraine, sponsored by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, dedicated to the victims of the massacres.

Following the concert, the delegation attended a gathering of senior members of government and the international Jewish community, sponsored by Pres Poroshenko. NCSEJ had an opportunity to meet with the President, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and other Ukrainian government officials and visiting dignitaries.

In the evening, the delegation attended the official commemoration ceremony at the Babi Yar Memorial site, led by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Speakers included German President Joachim Gauck, former Polish President and Prime Minister Donald Tusk, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, French philosopher Bernard Henri Levi, and World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer.

A full report on the mission to Ukraine will be shared next week.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko speaking at the signing ceremony.
Delegation with Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman.
Presenting a ceremonial kiddush cup to Prime Minister Groysman.
The Babi Yar Memorial.
Ceremony participants placed candles to remember the victims of the massacre at the memorial.

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