Jewish community heads from around the world on Monday participated in a special ceremony in memory of the Jews who were murdered and buried in Babi Yar in Ukraine. The event took place under the sponsorship of top members of the Jewish Agency, which is chaired by Natan Sharansky. The JA’s Board of Governors is meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, for the first time.
Sharansky laid a wreath on the memorial at Babi Yar, in memory of the Jews murdered there in 1941 by the Nazis. “Babi Yar and Auschwitz are two examples of a crime unmatched in history,” Sharansky said. “The Nazis turned the Jews into objects of such hatred that it seemed almost natural to murder them. We must remain alert to prevent the new versions of anti-Semitism, in the form of demonization and delegitimization of Israel from taking hold. The double standard we see today makes it almost natural to work for the destruction of Israel,” he said.
On Sunday, the World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jews (WFRJ) unveiled a new model of a memorial to be built at Babi Yar. Alexander Levin, a leader of the Kiev Jewish Community, said that the site will enhance the connection of Jews around the world with the site. Also to be built will be a community center and a study hall. “Where the Jews were murdered, they will study Torah,” Levin said.
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