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Ukraine celebrates Remembrance Day of Ukrainians who rescued Jews during WW2 for first time

Source : 112 Ukraine

A symbolic synagogue was opened on the territory of the Babyn Yar Memorial Center
16:45, 14 May 2021

A symbolic synagogue was opened on the territory of the Babyn Yar Memorial Center
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On May 14, Ukraine celebrates the Remembrance Day of Ukrainians who rescued Jews during World War II for the first time. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine initiated the commemorative date, according to the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory

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"As of January 1, 2020, 2,659 Ukrainian citizens have been awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel for saving Jews during the Holocaust - the Nazi policy of extermination. At the same time, thousands of rescuers remain unrecognized and unknown," the statement said.

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On May 14, a symbolic synagogue was opened on the territory of the Babyn Yar Memorial Center. It is an 11-meter wooden building in the shape of a book, which is opened and closed by special mechanisms, as hromadske reports.

“This synagogue is decorated with patterns and texts of prayers that repeat the traditional painting of ancient synagogues in Western Ukraine, destroyed during World War II and the Holocaust,” the statement says.

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Prior to the memorable date, on May 11-13, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War together with the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory held an online marathon, during which 26 rescue stories from all regions of Ukraine were told.

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Another new holiday, the Day of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection will appear in Ukraine. It will be celebrated annually on May 25. The relevant decision was made during a government session on April 14. 

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