Young Israelis on the 75th Anniversary of Babyn Yar: A Dialogue of Memory with Ukrainians and Ukrain

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A delegation of young Israelis participated in the educational and memorial events in Kyiv devoted to the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar. Having come back home, several participants of this project—mainly activists of the Israeli Friends of Ukraine NGO—talked about their impressions of what was seen and heard in the capital of Ukraine.

Mila Margolina

“I didn’t expect that the International conference of the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy would affect me so strongly. The reports by historians, researchers, social figures, the writers from the different countries such as Ukraine, Israel, the U.S, Canada, Germany, etc.

I watched several unique documentary movies narrating the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust in Ukraine. One of the witnesses—a survivor thanks to the Ukrainian family that saved him—is the director of one of movies. I had the honor to speak with him.

I also cried when I saw young Ukrainian pupils who conducted a tour for our delegation within the exhibition devoted to Babyn Yar. These children have no relation to Jewry, but want to know the history of the country and to help preserve memory.

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