The Untold Story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe

80 years since the
Babyn Yar Massacre

Online Broadcast
5 PM Israel/Ukraine Standard Time,
10 AM EST 
25 January 2021

The Seminar

Join us on Monday, January 25th, 2021 
Online Broadcast - 5 PM Israel/Ukraine Standart Time, 10 AM EST
״The Untold Story of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe 
80 years since the Babyn Yar Massacre״

Between 1941 and 1943, between 70,000 and 100,000 people were shot by the Nazis at Babyn Yar, decimating the Jewish population of Kyiv, making Babyn Yar the largest mass grave in Europe.

This online seminar will coincide with International Holocaust Remembrance Day as we enter the 80th year since the Babyn Yar massacre. Hosted by The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya, together with The Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and The Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the seminar will discuss this pivotal historical event,  still unknown to many.


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Tal Shalev


Opening Remarks

Amb. Ron Prosor

Head of the Abba Eban Intitute for International Diplomacy, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Natan Sharansky

Chair of the Supervisory Board, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

Prof. Ivan Patryliak

Dean of Faculty of History, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv  

Gunned down: The Story of Ukraine's Jewry



Dr. Kai Struve

Institute for History,
Martin Luther University Halle - Wittenberg                    

Babyn Yar Massacre –
Symbol Of 1.5 Million Jews Shot During The Eastern European Holocaust
Expert Panel

Prof. Michael Berenbaum  

Director of Sigi Ziering Institute, American Jewish University          

Mr. Boris Maftsir

Documentary Filmmaker and founder of the project: “Searching for the Unknown Holocaust"

Prof.  Renée A. Middleton

Dean of Patton College of Education, Ohio University

Conversation with Dr. Faina Vinokruva

Deputy Director of Vinnytsia Region State Archives, member of  Ukrainian center for Holocuast studies

National Trauma, Suppressed History And Erased Identities: Babyn Yar Collective Memory
Expert Panel

Dr. Samuel Barnai

European Forum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem                         

Gina Ross, MFCT

Founder and President of the International Trauma-Healing Institutes (U.S. & Israel)

Prof. Jeffrey K. Olick

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and History, University of Virginia

Babyn Yar Massacre From A Personal Perspective
One-on-One Conversations

Prof. Shimon Redlich

Faculty of History, Ben-Gurion University & Holocaust survivor                   

Mrs. Ira Vigdorchik

Coach of Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team

Closing Remarks

Mr. Avner Shalev

Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate



Babyn Yar Massacre

In September 1941, for the very first time in history, a metropolitan city in Europe lost virtually almost all of its remaining Jewish inhabitants to premeditated murder. On the edge of Kyiv (Kiev), in and near the ravine called Babyn Yar, more Jews (33,771, according to the murderers) were slaughtered in two days during World War II than in any other single German massacre.

The Babyn Yar massacre was the largest tragedy of its type during the Holocaust - Mass murder by shooting, perpetrated near the victims’ homes. It destroyed entire communities and left local residents living next to the mass graves of their school friends and neighbors. Yet, this horrifying ‘Holocaust by bullets’ which killed approximately 1.5 million in Ukraine and 2.2 Million Jews in total, across Eastern Europe, has until now largely evaded the historical record.


Babyn Yar History & Commoration

Uncovering The Names Of The Babyn Yar Massacre Victims    

The Babyn Yar Model

The Babyn Yar Museum Project



Articles by Our Speakers

COLLECTIVE TRAUMA AND HEALING: Remembering the Holocaust and the Babyn Yar Massacre

By Gina Ross, MFCT               


By Dr. Kai Struve                 


By Prof. Michael Berenbaum                 


Nazi Valley Of Death


By David Jones
For THE DAILY MAIL                         


Remembering Babyn Yar Can Give Moral Clarity In Today's World Of Confusion | Opinion


By Natan Sharansky 


Now, More Than Ever, Europe Must Preserve Its Historical Memory


By Aleksander Kwasniewski

Former President of Poland



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