International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ukraine
WASHINGTON, DC, January 27, 2021
TO: NCSEJ Executive Committee
FROM: James Schiller, Chairman; Mark B. Levin, CEO & Executive Vice-Chairman
The Ukrainian observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day was held today in Kyiv, Ukraine. The program opened with remarks from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Israel President Reuven Rivlin followed by Jewish organizational leaders including NCSEJ CEO Mark Levin.
President Zelensky unveiled a new monument commemorating the Babyn Yar massacre. The monument, "A Glimpse into the Past" was commissioned by the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center (BYHMC) and created by Ukrainian artist and architect Anna Kamyshan. It includes a tree with broken branches, as a metaphor for a life cut short. At both ends of the tree stands untreated stone boulders. Each one includes a viewfinder through which can be seen pictures taken by the German photographer and propagandist Johannes Hähle in the aftermath of the Babyn Yar massacre. The stone boulders stand at the exact spot where the original photographs were taken, pinpointed by researchers at BYHMC.
Founded in 1971, NCSEJ represents the organized American Jewish community in monitoring and advocating on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the 15 successor states of the former Soviet Union.