World-class memorial: Holocaust Memorial Center presents concept of Babi Yar Synagogue

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is planned to build the synagogue in spring 2021 for the 80th anniversary
20:28, 25 January 2021


Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center presented an artistic concept of Babi Yar Synagogue that is planned to build in spring 2021 for the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy as the center reported.

“In 2021, for the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy, it is planned to build a synagogue and open an exhibition zone. The synagogue is the first object that would be constructed within the concept already this spring,” the message said.

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According to the concept, the Memorial Complex will include:

  • Museum of Babi Yar Tragedy 1941-1943;
  • Holocaust Museum in Ukraine and Eastern Europe;
  • Museum of History of Silence of Babi Yar Tragedy;
  • Museum of Place History and 1961 Kurenivka mudslide;
  • Installation dedicated to victims of the tragedy;
  • Space for pray that would include the synagogue, church, Mosque and non-confessional space;
  • Education and scientific center; platform for discussions;
  • Media center, library, archive and collection;
  • Education and player space for children;
  • Rehabilitation center of consequences of psychological trauma.

The international group of authors worked over the artistic concept. It entered the architects, historians, museum curators, artists, the Holocaust and researchers renowned in the world and in Ukraine.

“Our goal is to turn it from the abstraction to something alive, something emotionally influential, something that might trigger compassion, sense of love for relatives, a sense of shame for mankind that admitted such things, a sense of tenderness and the pain of bereavement of the whole world. Our goal is to create a space that would make the history of Babi Yar close and relative for any person regardless the nation, gender, age and religion,” art director of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center Ilya Khrzhanovsky noted.

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It is noted that het website of the supervisory board and servers of the Memorial Center faced the cyber attacks and the online archive was temporarily closed.

As we reported, 140,000 secret archive materials dating back to Kyiv's occupation by the Nazis were digitized and released to the wide public. The digitized documents will appear on the online platform of the Names, which is supposed to appear in autumn, and on the website of the State Archive of Kyiv region.

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