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At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus By Vladislav Davidzon September 30, 2016 Though the Babi Yar 75th anniversary commemoration events in Kiev are slated to continue for at least […]

When will Lithuania’s government face the truth about the Holocaust?

By Efraim Zuroff September 29, 2016 A child in Lithuania marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust at a ceremony in Veliucionys, on the outskirts of Vilna, one of the most neglected of the 227 mass graves of Holocaust victims in the country, Sept. 23, 2016. (Daiva Šniukaite) (JTA) — Residents of Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania’s […]

Rivlin addresses Ukraine Parliament 75 years after Babi Yar

President Rivlin: ‘We must not play a part in the sin of forgetting or denial. Leaders who support anti-Semitic ideas won’t be welcomed.’ Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/09/16   President Rivlin inspects honor guard in Ukraine Photo: Haim Zach / GPO President Reuven Rivlin today (Tuesday) addressed a special plenary of the Ukrainian Parliament marking 75 […]

Jewish Holocaust victims were neighbors and fellow citizens

The project is based on the fact that there are 227 Holocaust mass murder sites in Lithuania scattered all across the country. Lithuania skyline. (photo credit:REUTERS) I had never heard of Veliucionys, a small village on the outskirts of Vilna (Vilnius) before Lithuanian author Ruta Vanagaite and I set out in the summer of 2015 […]

Marking 75 years since the infamous Babi Yar massacre

“There is no Ukrainian history without Jewish history.” Ludmila Pynikh, 77, grieves during a mourning ceremony at Babi Yar in Kiev [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS) KIEV – “If you force Jewish history out of Ukrainian history, then there is no Ukrainian history that makes any sense,” prominent Holocaust scholar Prof. Timothy Snyder said on Monday at […]

Holocaust monuments defaced in Russia, Estonia

September 2, 2016 MOSCOW (JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized Holocaust monument in Russia and Estonia. The Baltic country’s Jewish community last week reported the drawing of swastikas on the Holocaust monument of the city of Kalevi-Liiva 10 miles east of the Estonian capital of Tallinn. “It is sad that such incidents are taking place in […]

A former Nazi concentration camp where up to 5,000 Jews died now hosts weddings, parties and kids’ treasure hunts in move slammed as ‘disgusting’ by campaigners

Kaunas’ Seventh Fort in Lithuania was a concentration camp in 1941 Up to 5,000 Jews were killed there, and many remain buried on-site Since 2009, it has become a popular venue for weddings and a kids’ camp  By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline Published: 06:26 EST, 25 July 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 26 July […]

This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA) — In this drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort. This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which dates to 1882, features massive underground passages that connect its halls and chambers. Above ground, the hilltop fortress is carpeted with lush […]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

(JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus. All five cases were reported last week. The incident in Belarus was reported by tour guide Tamara Kurdadze on July 8, when she saw someone had doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews at […]

Tunnel used by Jews in Lithuania to escape Nazis uncovered

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A tunnel in Lithuania used by Jewish prisoners to escape the Nazis has been uncovered by an international research team near Vilnius. The Israel Antiquities Authority in a statement Wednesday announced the discovery of the 100-foot-long tunnel at the Ponar Forest massacre site. Ponar prisoners used the tunnel, which was located with […]