We must speak to you about alarming news we have been observing in recent days in the public discourse around the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial project.
Political labeling of the Memorial and attempts to use honouring and memorializing the memory of the victims of Babyn Yar in political struggles cause serious concern.
We call on all political forces to stop speculating on the Holocaust, to stop dividing Jews whose relatives were killed in the Shoah into right and wrong ones. It is impossible to use the memory of such a tragedy in political struggles.
We are aware of the initiatives and work of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre and would like to express support for its establishment. We also know and want to draw your attention to the fact that the Memorial is supported by key international institutions that deal with the issue of Holocaust Remembrance. The memorial cooperates with the Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust Yad Vashem, as well, it is actively supported by the European Parliament. The Memorial Center was the first Ukrainian institution that signed a cooperation agreement with the German Federal Archives (Bundesarchiv).
Work of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center has been supported by the state authorities. In 2016, its foundation was officially initiated personally by the President Petro Poroshenko. On September 29, the Ukrainian government together with Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The memorandum was signed by the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Olexandr Tkachenko, and a member of the Supervisory Board of Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder.
Babyn Yar is a symbol of a terrible tragedy in the history of the Jewish people and Ukraine. Therefore, anything related to this project attracts the attention of all the citizens of Ukraine and the entire international community.
We are witnessing a wave of manipulation being artificially created around the situation with the allocation of three plots of land in Babyn Yar, two of which are part of the Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Soviet authorities. We call upon you to vote unanimously for this decision, thus demonstrating respect for the victims and their memory.
Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv and Ukraine
Meir Zvi Stumbler, Chairman of the Council of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine
Raphael Rutman, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine
Shmuel Kamenetsky, Chief Rabbi of Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk Region
Moishe Moskovich, Chief Rabbi of Kharkiv and Kharkiv Region
Avrohom Wollf, Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine
Shlomo Wilhelm, Chief Rabbi of Zhytomyr and Zhytomyr Region
Pinhas Vyshedskiy, Chief Rabbi of Donetsk and Donetsk Region
Moshe Reuven Azman, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv and Ukraine
Moshe Taller, Chief Rabbi of Berdychiv
Meir Holzberg, Chief Rabbi of Bila Tserkva
Fishel Chichelnitsky, Chief Rabbi of Bilhorod-Dniester Region
Shaul Horowitz, chief rabbi of Vinnytsia and Vinnytsia region
Shneur Deutsch, Chief Rabbi of Hadyach and the region
Nahum Erentrei, Chief Rabbi of Zaporizhzhia and Zaporizhzhia Region
Moshe Kolesnik, Chief Rabbi of Ivano-Frankivsk and Ivano-Frankivsk Region
Shlomo Salomon, Chief Rabbi of Kremenchuk and the region
Liron Ehderi, Chief Rabbi of Kryvyi Rih and the region
Dan Zakuta, Chief Rabbi of Kropyvnytskyi and Kirovohrad region
Shalom Gopin, Chief Rabbi of Luhansk and Luhansk Region
Mordechai Shlomo Bold, Chief Rabbi of Lviv and Lviv Region
Menachem Mendel Cohen, chief rabbi of Mariupol and the region
Sholom Gottlieb, chief rabbi of Mykolaiv and Mykolaiv Region
Levi Yitzhak Perlstein, Chief Rabbi of Pervomaisk and the region
Yosef Sefgal, chief rabbi of Poltava and Poltava Region
Schneor Schneerson, Chief Rabbi of Rivne and Rivne Region
Yechiel Levitansky, Chief Rabbi of Sumy and Sumy Region
Mendel Wilhelm Chief Rabbi of Uzhgorod and Carpathian Mountains
Yossef Itzhak Wolff, Chief Rabbi of Kherson and Kherson Region
Yosef Teitelbaum, Chief Rabbi of Khmelnitsky and Khmelnitsky Region
Dov Axelrod, chief rabbi of Cherkasy and Cherkasy Region
Menachem Mendl Glinstein, Chief Rabbi of Chernivtsi and Chernivtsi Region
Inna Ioffe, Director of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine
Michael Tkach, Director at United Jewish Community of Ukraine
Joseph Axelrod, Executive Director of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress
Boris Zabarko, Chairman of the Association of Jews – former prisoners of ghetto and Nazi concentration camps
Alexander Zlotnik, president of the Religious Association of Progressive Judaism Communities of Ukraine
Margarita Yakovleva, co-authors of the project "Word of the Righteous"
Evgen Gorodetsky, co-organizer of "Annual Babyn Yar Memorial March"
Dmytro Yurinov, co-organizer of "Annual Babyn Yar Memorial March"
Tetiana Abovych, director of "Hillel" Student Center
Rovshan Tagiyev, President of the Assembly of Nationalities of Ukraine
Mykhaylo Goldenberg, chairman of NGO "Mykolaiv Regional Jewish Community"
Polina Rysker, chairman of the board of NGO "Mykolaiv Regional Jewish Community"
Artur Rudzitsky, great-grandson of Nachum Weisblatt, Chief Rabbi of Kyiv
Oleksandr Loifenfeld, Religious Community of Traditional Judaism “Lev Gadol” – Charitable institution "Heritage Foundation"
Yevgeny Ziskind, deputy chairman of the board of Jewish religious community in the Podil District, Kyiv
Gennady Biloritsky, director of the higher religious educational institute Midrasha at Union of Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine
Natalia Mykolaivna Kuzovova, Kherson State University
Dovholevsky Mykolay Semenovych, Intel, Haifa, Israel
Ihor Kulakov (Shushkovsky), journalist, researcher, great-grandson of Mordechai and Scheindle Sova, who died on 29.09.1941
Lasinska Marianna Yuriivna, V. A. Sukhomlinsky Mykolaiv National University
Mikhelson Anatoly Leonidovych, Charity Foundation "Charity Foundation devoted to Holocaust Victims in the village of Bohdanivka"
Aronova Rima Semenivna, rector of “International humanitarian and pedagogical institute “Beit-Hana”
Vitaliy Kamozin, Chief Operating Officer of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine
Danylo Tarasovich Shevchenko, NaUKMA, student
Divinskaya Mila Semyonovna, Society of Jewish culture "Mazel Tov", Stavyshche village, Kyiv Region.
Evgeny A. Mushkin, VDNKh
Miriam Dragina, poet
Marina Poltavets, mission "Christ is the Answer", marketer
Poltavets Valery Mykolayovych, freelancer
Medyanovsky Oleksandr Yuriyovych, individual enterpreneur Medyanovsky
Reshetnik Yuri Volodymyrovych, Commercial Bank
Tretyak Anastasiia Mykhaylivna, freelancer, translator
Tretyak Eleonora Davydivna, cardiologist, retired
Levin Semen Kimovych, retired
Emma Paranska, tour guide
Davydenko Anna Volodymyrivna, housewife
Vaskovsky Gennady Yuritovych, individual enterpreneur
Lurie Leib, SMC STROY LLC
Talan Sender, lawyer
Evgen Koshyn, director
Margulets Kateryna Mykolaivna, LLC "North-Ukrainian Construction Alliance"
Vaykhanska Iryna, retired
Vasyl Oleksandrovych Chaban, entrepreneur
Shostenko Sofia Volodymyrivna, on maternity leave
Serhiy Weigman, TP-Link Ukraine
Wexler Iolanta Dmytrivna, charity foundation "Atydeynu"
Igor Yuriyovych Kogan, PE
Feldman Ebgen Volodymyrovych, private entrepreneur
Eizenstat Emilia Hryhorivna, Konotop LEBN Society
Dmytro Pavlovych Dergunov, IE Dergunov D.P.
Tkach Denys Yefimovych, self-employment
Kinash Taras Oleksiyovych, unemployed
Sumarokov Artur Volodymyrovych, independent art critic, playwrighter
Mazarchuk Anna Volodymyrivna, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
Remennik Samuil Israilevych, retired
Anastasia Zernova, lawyer, human rights activist
Vodopyanova Olga Oleksandrivna, Investment Company
Shavit Yuval Feliksovych, Manor Medical Group
Schneider Evgen Petrovych, director of Jewish Ethnographic Photo Museum
Kuchina Irina Vasylivna, Cherkasy secondary school no.2, history teacher
Kotseruba Oleksandr and Alyona, founders of the Memorial to the victims of Jewish Pogroms in the City of Tetiiv in 1919-1920
Goncharenko Oleksandr, Asbis Enterprises PLC
Tsvik Tetiana Borysivna, housewife
Olena Dorfman, photographer
Leonid Avramovych Braverman, IE
Shchur Iya Leonidivna, self-employed
Khorova Tetiana Ivanivna, retired
Andryushchenko Oksana Petrivna, LLC "Printstudio", Kherson
Manina Maryna Anatoliivna, self-employed
Manuylova Hagit, Ukrainian-Jewish Community Center "Tent of Abraham"
Varshavsky Mykhaylo Anatoliyovych, director
Abramenko Vitaly Serhiyovych, IP
Umanska Stella Naumivna, private enterprise
Aleksandrovych R. V., Hesed
Begragyan Liusia Seyranivna, Communal Educationa Institution" Educational complex no. 144" of Dnipro City Council
Myronovska Svitlana, housewife
Pinkus O. A., retired
Sapozhnikov Stanislav Volodymyrovych, higher educational institution "Alfred Nobel University"
Radinovsky Dmytro Oleksandrovych, PE Radinovsky. D.O.
Kolodach G.L., Charintable organisation "Charitable Foundation "Kvitna"
Vynogradov Volodymyt Mykhaylovych, Jewish community
Kolganova Davoro Maniivna, retired
Hetman Pinhas, Tiferet Matzot
Gutman Skoblo, Chabad New York
Myhaniva Sara Ora, housewife
Balabanov Vasyl Valeriyovych, IE
Urikh Oleksandr Yevhenovych, Foundation for Reconstruction and Development, founder
Urikh Evgen yosypovych, head of Draughts Federation of Dnipropetrovsk region
Teplytska Alina Oleksandrivna, director of the Federation of Jewish communities of Ukraine
Sarah Yehuda, Interior Department
Golovan Olena Anatoliivna, PU University “International humanitarian and pedagogical institute “Beit-Hana”
Chudnovska Tamara Oleksandrivna, synagogue, Dnipro
Zakharina Svitlana Naumivna, Secondary School No. 770
Nikolaenko Svitlana Mykolaivna, Charitable Organisation "Charitable Foundation "Or Avner "Chabad Lyubavych"
Berestovetsky Dmytro Ihorovych, PE
Kulava David Oleksandrovych, Jewish community, Dnipro
Gershon Eleonora Naumovna, PU "International humanitarian and pedagogical institute “Beit-Hana”
Ruslan Nechiporuk, Congress of National Communities of Ukraine
Naiman Oleksandr Yakovlevych, Anti-Fascist Committee of Ukraine, Academy of Jewish History and Culture
Markov Borys Mykhaylovych, ATB Corporation
Volynsky Eduard, branch of "Sokhnut Ukraine" in Dnipro
Kravchenko Olha Oleksandrivna, NUBiP
Niderman Raya, Israel
Smilyanska Olena Ihorivna, on maternity leave
Yakov Goldstein, Dnipro Israeli Community
Hitman Nina Leia Serhiivna, housewife
Rodyakin Pavlo Oleksiyovych, Tiferet Matzot
Maltseva Haya Mushka, Jewish community of Dnipro, teacher of Jewish traditions
Goldenberg M. M., DFMKHKNKK
Levi Yitzhak Stumbler, businessman
Slavina Olena Oleksandrivna, retired
Findel Anna Samuilovna, retired
Wernick Emilia, Jewish organization
Weissman Leonid Alekseevich, temporarily unemployed
Rodinsky Oleksandr Georgiyovych, Dnipropetrovsk Medical Academy, head of the Physiology Department, doctor of medical sciences, professor
Hodovska Larysa Semenivna, retired
Kabyrova Olena Arkadiivna, DMCSS
Zhuravel Natalia Volodymyrivna, "Myloserdia" communal institution for social protection of the support for labour veterans and elderly citizens at DCC
Savransky V. B., PE
Dubinska Mira, retired
Livshyna Iryna Vitaliivna, Communal Educationa Institution" Educational complex no. 144" of Dnipro City Council
Schwartzman Ruvin Mordkovich, Chairman of Odessa Regional Association of Jews – former prisoners of ghetto and Nazi concentration camps
Podushkina Olha Oleksiivna, private entrepreneur
Avramenko Victoria Mykhaylivna, Charitable Organisation "Charitable Foundation "Or Avner "Chabad Lyubavych"
Taratuta Olena Matviivna, Chabad Tel Aviv
Yehuda Daniel, Tel Aviv
Yulia Fedorova, Dnipro Community
Pilevina Lyudmila Valentynivna, Odessa Community
Pliner Viktoria Lvivna, coordinator of public programs, Dnipro
Grinshtein Irina Mykhaylivna, Dnipro community
Liberman Oksana Olksandrivna, Dnipro Jewish community
Negina Vlada Ruslanivna, Kamenske, Jewish community
Susorova Valentyna Fedorivna, Pavlohrad, community
Angurets Olha Leonidivna, community of Olekssandriia
Benyamynovych Sofia Ilyinichna, Head of the Department of “International humanitarian and pedagogical institute “Beit-Hana”
Stambler Sarah, “International humanitarian and pedagogical institute “Beit-Hana”
Hromova Maryna Volodymyrivna, Chaya Mushka Schneerson Lyceum, Director
Reznikova Raisa Hryhorivna, Community of Akhtyrka
Raspopova Elizaveta Davydivna, Bar Community
Pipia Oleksandr Ivanovych, PE
Leibman Oleg Valeriyovych, PE, Toronto
Charlie Yehuda, Tel Aviv Mizrahi
Tetiana Andreichenko, PE "Vyshyvanka»
Kneshyvytska Yevgenia, Ashdod, accountant
Krayny Oleksandr Viktorovych, ChOTSEMD and MK
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