March in memory of victims of executions in Babyn Yar held in Kyiv

Ukrainian News
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
30 September 2019, 12:08
78-ая годовщина трагедии в Бабьем Яру. Фото УНІАН
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
30 September 2019, 12:08

September 29, the annual March in memory of the tragedy of mass executions in Babyn Yare was held in Kyiv.

Traditionally, several hundred participants in the procession, including representatives from different regions of Ukraine, marched from the Kievan Rus cinema to the Babyn Yar memorial (Menorah). Thus, the march participants follow the track that Jews and representatives of other nationalities were led to mass executions on September 29 and 30, 1941.

“Every year we walk the same way they did. They went to die, and we - to fill future generations with an understanding of the value of every life,” wrote a message on the march page on Facebook.

The 78th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. Photo: UATV

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in his official address emphasized that the tragic pages of history should not be remembered only for the sake of honoring the memory of the dead, but also in order to prevent mistakes in the future.

The memory of the Babyn Yar, the Holocaust is a warning to all mankind that the ideology of intolerance and violence can return us to the terrible past, when the most precious thing – a human life - became only a bargaining chip in the hands of dictators. I am convinced that the Ukrainian people will always be united in their desire to never allow any manifestations of hostility on racial or national grounds.

Звернення Президента України до Українського народу у зв’язку з 78-ми роковинами трагедії Бабиного Яру.Дорогі...

Опубліковано Офіс Президента України Субота, 28 вересня 2019 р.

Babyn Yar is a ravine in the northwestern part of Kyiv. From September 1941 to the end of September 1943, Babyn Yar was the site of regular executions and burials conducted by the Nazi security forces of Hitler’s troops. The victims of the Nazis were primarily Jews, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, Ukrainian nationalists, patients of the Kyiv psychiatric hospital. According to various estimates, from 70,000 to 200,000 civilians and prisoners of war were killed in Babyn Yar.