KYIV, UKRAINE September 29, 2016 - Today, NCSEJ joined with government leaders from the U.S. and Europe, and members of the Jewish community from around the world at an official ceremony to remember the 1941 massacre of Jews by Nazi forces at the Babi Yar ravine in Kyiv, Ukraine.
A delegation of over twenty NCSEJ officers and board members traveled to Ukraine this week to participate in the ceremony and attend commemorations relating to the Babi Yar anniversary.
The delegation met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Head of the Presidential Administration Ihor Rainin, former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, and Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Eliav Belotsercovsky.
The mission began on Tuesday with a special briefing by Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko to the delegation about the city's plans to build a memorial museum at the Babi Yar site. NCSEJ also witnessed the signing ceremony to begin plans to build the museum.
In two days in September 1941, over 33,000 people, mainly Jews, were killed by Nazi forces at Babi Yar.From 1941 to 1943, between 50,000 and 100,000 people were killed at the site, including others.
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