Preserving the memory of World War II is a duty to future generations, the President of Ukraine noted
The tragedy of Babi Yar took place in Ukraine 80 years ago. Photo: collage “Today”
Future generations must know the truth about the crimes of Nazism so that such tragedies in the history of mankind will never happen again, said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the 80th anniversary of the tragedy of Babi Yar.
“Preserving the memory of the Second World War, in particular the tragedy of Babi Yar and the Holocaust, is our duty to future generations. Worthy respect for the memory of all those who died is our duty to past generations. turned into a place of memory. A worthy place of memory for hundreds of thousands of victims killed in 1941-1943 “, – wrote the president on Telegram.
The President noted that today, September 29, a national lesson dedicated to the tragedy will be held in all Ukrainian schools.
“The tragedy of Babi Yar, which took place in Ukraine 80 years ago, should never be repeated. Not in Ukraine. Not in other parts of Europe. Nowhere in the world. Never again. Eternal memory to all victims of Babi Yar! Eternal memory to all victims of the Holocaust! Eternal memory to all the victims of World War II! “ – Zelensky said.
A German woman who found out that her father had shot people in Babi Yar burst into tears
What is known about the tragedy
- In just two days – September 29 and 30, 1941 – almost 34 thousand Jews were shot in the Babiy Yar tract in Kiev.
- The first execution took place on September 27, 1941, when 752 patients of the V.I. Ivan Pavlov, which was located directly near Babi Yar. The exact place of the execution is unknown.
- The prerequisite for the action was an outright lie about the participation of Jews in the mining and explosions on September 24, 1941 on Khreshchatyk, as a result of which many soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht were killed.
- On September 27-28, announcements with text in Ukrainian, Russian and German appeared on the walls of houses, fences and poles: “All Jews of the city of Kiev and its environs must appear on Monday, September 29, 1941 at 8:00 am at the corner of Melnikovaya and Degtyarevskaya streets (near the cemetery). Take documents, money, valuables, as well as warm clothes, linen, etc. Who among the Jews does not comply with this order and is found in another place, will be shot. Who among the citizens penetrates into the abandoned apartments and appropriates their belongings, will be shot. “.
- Mass executions in Babi Yar and the Syretsk concentration camp located next to it were carried out later, until the liberation of Kiev from the occupation.
- Different publications give different figures for the total number of people killed in Babi Yar – from about 70 thousand to 150 thousand people. In 1946, at the Nuremberg trials, an estimate of about 100 thousand people was given, according to the findings of a special state commission to investigate Nazi crimes during the occupation of Kiev.
- According to the historian, leading researcher of the Museum of History of Kiev, executive secretary of the Public Committee for perpetuating the memory of the victims of Babi Yar, Vitaly Nakhmanovich, during the entire period of the German occupation in Babi Yar, 90-100 thousand people were shot, of which somewhere 65-70 thousand were Jews …
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