President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky participated in the opening of Look into the Past installation in Kyiv dedicated to the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust as the President’s Office reported.
“We must remember that it is simply impossible not to notice the dictatorship, not to notice Nazism, not to notice such an attitude to humanity, to the people, to the traditions. That is why we remember and notice. Eternal memory to all victims of the Holocaust," Volodymyr Zelensky stated.
On Facebook, Zelensky added that we should do more than it is possible to do to keep the truth about the Holocaust.
“The mankind gradually passes into the new circumstances – when there is so many so-called hybrid information around. That is why we should do more that it is possible to keep the truth about the Holocaust. To spread the truth. To join the new generations to the moral coordinate system that emerged from the understanding that the crimes of 20th century should never repeat,” Zelensky underlined.
Look into the Past installation is a styled tree and unpolished round stones where the photos of the German occupation of Kyiv in 1941-1943 would be placed. At the end of September 1941, German military photo correspondent made 29 photos in occupied Kyiv; 13 of them were made in Babyn Yar. These photos are the only documentation of the Babyn Yar on the first days of the mass shootings.
The image of the tree with broken branches symbolizes the interrupted life. Such trees without branches usually installed as traditional Jewish gravestone – Matzeva.
On January 27, the world commemorates millions of victims of the Holocaust and holds different education programs to keep the tragic lessons in the memory of generations and prevent their recurrence. Ukraine has started to commemorate victims of the tragedy at the state level since 2012.
The events dedicated to the day when the Red Army released from the Nazis the prisoners of the largest in Europe Auschwitz concentration camp.
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