UPDATED 9:13 AM PT — Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the president of the Ukraine to honor the victims of the Babi Yar massacre. Netanyahu arrived in Kiev over the weekend in his first visit to the country in nearly 20 years for a ceremony at the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. The Babi Yar massacre took place over a one week period in September of 1941, shortly after Germany took over then-Soviet-held Kiev.
Accompanied by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Netanyahu emphasized why it’s important to remember the atrocities of WWII.
“Together we remember those tragedies that have already happened, and we predict a good future together,” he stated. “Most of all, we ask to continue honoring the memory in Babi Yar and to remember this tragedy to not allow this to happen again.”
Nazis marched over 30,000 Jews to the Babi Rar ravine, where they were stripped their clothes and brutally murdered. It’s estimated more than 100,000 Jews, Soviet officials, and Russian prisoners of war were executed there. Although the exact death toll is unknown, evidence and eyewitnesses documented the horrors at Babi Yar –making it a symbol for Jewish suffering during the Holocaust.