Remembering Babyn Yar

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Room 1219, International Affairs

The Ukrainian Studies Program, in cooperation with the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, will host the panel discussion:


Babyn Yar (Babi Yar), a ravine in Kyiv, Ukraine, was the site of the massacre of Jews, Ukrainians, Gypsies and other civilians by the Nazis in late September 1941.

Panel speakers will include:

Dr. Natan Meir (University of Southampton, lecturer in East European Jewish History and Culture), discussing the history of Jews in Kyiv and the place of Babyn Yar in Kyiv today;

Mr. Vitaliy Pohribnyi (Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, Political and Media Affairs), discussing the Ukrainian government's work in the area of Ukrainian-Jewish relations;

Dr. Vladimir Melamed (Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Shklar Visiting Scholar), discussing the role of collaboration in the Babyn Yar massacres based on oral histories of Holocaust survivors; and

Mr. Martin Horwitz (American World Jewish Service, Director of Jewish Community Development Fund), discussing debates surrounding the plan to erect a large monument and Jewish community center on the territory of Babyn Yar.

Moderated by Prof. Mark von Hagen, Director of the Ukrainian Studies Program and Chair of Columbia's Department of History.

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