Israeli President in Ukraine pays tribute to Holocaust victims



KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The Israeli president arrived in Ukraine on Tuesday to honor the victims of the Babi Yar massacre eight decades after one of the most infamous Nazi mass killings of World War II.

Almost 34,000 Jews were killed in 48 hours in Babi Yar, a ravine in the Ukrainian capital, when Kiev was under Nazi occupation in 1941. SS troops carried out the massacre along with local collaborators.

“It is imperative that we continue to talk about this horrific event and learn from it,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said before arriving for his presidency’s first state visit.

“The only way to build a present and a future in which atrocities and crimes against humanity can find no basis is to study the past, including the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jewish people,” Herzog said. .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after meeting Herzog: “The memory of these victims is sacred to us, to every Ukrainian”.

Zelenskyy, Herzog and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier are due to attend a ceremony on Wednesday in memory of the victims of the massacre.

The three are also due to inaugurate a memorial center, still under construction, dedicated to the stories of Eastern European Jews who were killed and buried in mass graves during the Holocaust. Of the 2.5 million Jews, 1.5 million died in Ukraine alone,


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