Lithuanian Jewish Community extends condolences to the Ukrainian Jewish community on the anniversary of Babyn Yar massacre

Lithuanian Jewish Community extends condolences to the Ukrainian Jewish community on the anniversary of Babyn Yar massacre
17/10/2021

Eighty years ago, tens of thousands Ukrainian Jews were brutally killed in a ravine called Babyn Yar just outside Kiev – the magnitude and inhumanity of this crime haunts us till this day.

For many decades the survivors of the Holocaust in the Easter Europe were not allowed to properly remember and mourn the loss of their loved ones. Eighty years after the Holocaust started, both Lithuanians and Ukrainians are still learning about the scale of the crimes committed against Jewish populations. Only recently the commemoration of the Holocaust victims became of the national importance, as more and more people became aware that the Holocaust victims were their compatriots and neighbors.

Babyn Yar is not only a mass grave, evidence of the brutality of Nazi regime, a testimony of crime against humanity, it is also a place to remember and learn from the past mistakes. Inauguration of the memorial for the victims of Babyn Yar marks a new stage of commemoration and Holocaust education. This memorial also provides an opportunity to gives voices and faces to the Holocaust victims and witnesses. By learning their names and hearing their stories, Ukrainians, and visitors from abroad will be able to connect to the heritage of the Jewish communities destroyed by the Holocaust.

We, members of the Jewish Communities in the Easter Europe, are entrusted to preserve the memory and seek justice for the victims. If the names and faces of the victims are seen and remembered, their legacy will outlive their killers. Nevertheless, no killer can escape justice or be forgiven for the crimes.

Never again the Holocaust can be repeated.

Most respectfully,

Faina Kukliansky

Chairwoman

Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community