On the 79th anniversary of remembrance of the victims who were murdered during the mass shootings in 1941-1943 in Babyn Yar, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Charitable Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding and principles of cooperation for the purpose of establishment in Kyiv of a Memorial complex dedicated to one of the bloodiest tragedies of the Holocaust.
On the part of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Charitable Foundation, the Memorandum was signed by the President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, on the part of Ukraine – by the Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko.
The Memorandum was signed in the presence of the Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and Leonid Kravchuk. The signing ceremony took place at the site of the future Memorial Complex.
As stated in the Memorandum, the future Memorial will be unique for Eastern Europe. It will include a museum, scientific and educational centers.
At the signing ceremony of the Memorandum, Volodymyr Zelensky said: “79 years ago, a black page was added to the common past of the Ukrainian and Jewish people. We bow our heads before all the victims of Babyn Yar. And we have no right to forget those terrible crimes. Never again.”
According to the memorandum, preserving and restoring the memory of the Babyn Yar tragedy as a symbol of the Holocaust and other tragedies of the Second World War is an integral part of the memory of the Jewish people, the national memory of the Ukrainian people, as well as other nations who became victims of and witnesses to the crimes of the Nazi regime.
The parties also agreed to join efforts to prepare commemorative events for the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy, which will take place next year.