Jewish Journal


November 8, 2010

Graphic photos chronicle Babi Yar massacre


A graphic photo exhibit chronicling the Nazi massacre of Jews at Babi Yar is on display at a meeting against anti-Semitism in Canada.

The Interparliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, being held in Ottawa through Tuesday, is focusing on such issues as anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of intolerance.

The Ukrainian delegation to the conference, headed by Jewish lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman, created the exhibit “to remind the worldwide participants that words and ideologies have consequences, and in the case of the Holocaust resulted in the murder of 6 million Jewish men, women and children in Europe,” Feldman said.

Babi Yar, a ravine in Ukraine just outside Kiev, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the mass murder, in which 150,000 Jews were slaughtered over a three-day period, next year.

Feldman is creating a museum to record details of the massacre, and one of its central goals will be to locate and identify tens of unmarked mass graves from the Nazi era in Ukraine and Germany.

Among those participating in the second gathering of the Interparliamentary Coalition is Hannah Rosenthal, the top U.S. official monitoring and combating anti-Semitism.

The first gathering of the group, last year in London, resulted in the “London Declaration,” signed by lawmakers from around the world who pledged to “affirm democratic and human values, build societies based on respect and citizenship, and combat any manifestations of anti-Semitism and discrimination.”

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