On September 29, 2016, on the 75th anniversary of one of the most notorious atrocities of the Second World War, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and members of a broad international coalition gathered today to announce their commitment to create a new memorial and educational center in Ukraine to commemorate the massacre at Babi Yar.
Addressing the entire international community and the people of Ukraine, President Poroshenko spoke of the necessity of creating a Memorial Center dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust in Ukraine, and commemorating the lives of all those killed at Babi Yar.
“The creation of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center is very significant for the whole of humanity. This center must become a part of the efforts of civilized people to assure the triumph of human values in the research of historical truth,” President Poroshenko stressed.
The Initiative Group of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center represents an unprecedented collaboration of the public and private sector and led by the strong leadership of Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
The members include:
– Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine;
– Joschka Fischer, the former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany;
– Michail Fridman, Co-Founder and Chairman, Alfa-Group Consortium, Co-Founder and Chairman, LetterOne investment holding, and philanthropist, Co-Founder Russian Jewish Congress and Genesis Philanthropy Group;
– Pavel Fuks, Chairman, Babi Yar Memorial Foundation; and corporate leader;
– German Khan, Co-Founder and a Member of the Supervisory Board, Alfa Group Consortium, LetterOne investment holding, Co-Founder Member of the Supervisory Board, the Russian Jewish Congress and Genesis Philanthropy Group;
– Volodymyr Klitschko, former heavyweight boxer world champion, philanthropist and public figure;
– Alexander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland (1995-2005);
– Joe Lieberman, former U.S. senator from Connecticut;
– Victor Pinchuk, Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist, Founder, EastOne and Victor Pinchuk Foundation;
– Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI);
– Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, artist, founder of the most successful Ukrainian rock band “Okean Elzy,” civic activist and opinion leader; Yale World Fellows 2015 Alumnae;