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‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

In 1941 the Jews of Kiev received similar notices to appear at a designated spot. The following day, the Nazis murdered more than 34,000 Jews whose bodies were then thrown into the Babi Yar Ravine.

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Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.

Flyers ordered Jews to appear at a designated location in Ukraine, in Sept., 1941. The next day, the Jews lined up at the Babi Yar Ravine.
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Many Jews reacted with horror when the news began to spread on Wednesday, April 15, that the Jews of a particular area in Ukraine are being required to register with local authorities.

Those requests were allegedly made in flyers distributed to Jews leaving shul on Passover. The flyers informed “Ukraine nationals of Jewish nationality” to report to a particular location in order to register their religion and to provide documentation of their ownership of any property. All Jews had to pay a registration fee or lose their citizenship and face deportation, according to the leaflet.

The leaflets were distributed in Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have commandeered government buildings.

The Jewish Press covered the story, with appropriate notations that there was some uncertainty about the authenticity of the flyers, coupled with a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in Ukraine in just the past few months.

The flyer – authentic or not – constitutes the 17th anti-Semitic incident to have taken place in Ukraine since the beginning of 2014. Most were violent attacks. Several were aimed at Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and a few were life-threatening. Five took place in Kiev alone, according to statistics gleaned from the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism(CFCA) website.

The story resulted in a huge outcry.

Secretary of State John Kerry called the demand for Ukranian Jews to register “intolerable” and “grotesque.”

Reporters at BuzzFeed pooh-poohed the story. One of the reporters, Max Seddon, tweeted a link to their article,  “Signal and noise in Donetsk over nonexistent Jew registration scandal.”

But actually, the leaflets – which were written in Russian, marked with a Russian symbol and one of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and allegedly signed by Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Donetsk interim government, were distributed in Donetsk. And they were distributed to Ukranian Jews.

A Daily Beast reporter in Ukraine went to the office in the building in Donetsk designated in the leaflet at which Jews were told to register and pay their fee. She wrote that it was empty.

In a statement issued on Thursday, April 16, the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote that Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador in Kiev, told a senior SWC official that no one currently knows who created the “Jewish Registration Leaflets.”

Pyatt said the leaflets were “clearly part of a general effort to sow fear among Ukranian Jews.”

The SWC denounced “this grotesque action that is clearly designed to spread more fear among the Jewish community, already reeling from the increased instability that has racked the region for the past few months.”

Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, the two most senior officials of the Wiesenthal Center, urged “authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of Jewish communal institutions.”

According to a reputable Russian blogger, “this is a fake intended to present the pro-Russian forces in Donetsk as a dark antisemitic power with the worst intentions.”

On September 28, 1941, notices were posted informing all of the Jews of Kiev that they were to appear the following day, with all of their belongings, to a particular location. The next day, September 29, tens of thousands of Jews showed up at the designated location. They were marched to the forest, to the ravine known as Babi Yar. All of those Jews were stripped of their belongings and their clothing, and then shot. By the following day, more than 34,000 Jews were murdered.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

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  1. And jews were lucky to had Einstein during second WW, else I really don’t know what could happen,,.

  2. Carol Newman says:

    what is going on ?

  3. I hope they don’t show up this is crazy. What can we do?

  4. Anna Torres says:


  5. Rachel Topaz says:

    History will NOT repeat itself!!

  6. Paul Gainer says:

    Aliyah to Eretz Israel

  7. Chad Mosier says:

    Ezekiel 38 and 39

  8. Never again!!!!! Tell everyone.

  9. My perception: It is an “invite” to leave. To choose to stay is excepting whatever fate cast upon you. The flyer “notice” is a way of relinquishing any guilt on what is or may come to be by the perpetrator and place it upon those who do not heed the notice.
    If we say “Never Again”, it will only not be by show of force. The world has not changed.

  10. If you want to be free vote Republican. jews for Republicans matters

  11. I am so upset over this,, it has bothered me all day after reading this article. Why just the Jewish ppl? Why not other groups ? Why just them? Dear God in heaven please protect them. I can’t stand this, it makes me feel like it’s starting all over again! And in Hungry they are starting that White Power thing that Hitler started in the 1940’s . People pray hard for you’re Jewish brothers and sisters, because they need all the protection ( covering ) they can get!

  12. Hank Lukas says:

    Us Jews should not be surprised about Ukraine has told the Jews they have to register. I couldn’t careless what happens to Ukraine . During  World War 2, 1941, 34000 Jews were murdered in Kiev. Anti-semites.

  13. Jennifer Moe says:

    If this is confirmed, the US and Israel MUST go into action BEFORE they start rounding them up! if this is true, we need to get them out!!

  14. It’s a phony to antagonize and frighten the Jews in that city, probably instigated by groups such as Svoboda, pro-nazi POS. The Russians would not do it, not that I am crazy about Putin. It’s a scare tactic by some of the scum there-you know, the ones that admire their pro-nazi ancestors that helped Hitler kill Jews in WW2.

  15. Anna Chong says:

    This is appalling!!!

  16. This is intolerable the world has to unite in support of the Jews come to Australia we would welcome you

  17. What happened to WE can never allow this again

  18. Cherie Lewis says:

    Time to book flights to Tel Aviv

  19. Frank Reina says:

    When we don’t learn from history we tend to repeat it

  20. Peter Fraser says:

    simply get out move to Tasmania.

  21. Jade Stone says:

    I want Putin dead

  22. im left speechless that we are even talking about something so foul and wicked…even if it is fake the evil of the original insident is being used to terrorize people it is disgusting and criminal…..

  23. Arian Yatira says:

    Based on history alone, I think the Jewish Community needs to flee to Israel. I’m praying to HaShem that nothing comes of this, but we cannot be sure. Praying, praying, praying for Israel!!!


  25. Things are weird and getting weirder every day,,

  26. ISRAEL or bust!!!!!

  27. Arian Yatira says:

    Right! Let’s pray for the people there!!!

  28. WELCOME TO RUSSIA: like Germany, the PEOPLE did nothing…

  29. The following is an explanation of the situation in Ukraine and how it is similar to WWII

    1. make being gay essentially illegal, 2. Have the most awkward Olympics since 1936 Munich Olympics where we all pretended to ignore things like the Cossacks whipping Pussy Riot performers. 3. Annex Crimea to protect ethnic Russians 4. Internal unrest along with pro-Russia gangs wandering the streets of the Ukraine, 5. Russia issuing Russian passports to ethnic Russians making Ukrainians of other ethnic backgrounds second class citizens and now the registration of Jewish properties.
    And just like WWII the world sits quietly. I wonder if this time the international community will act before they start sending people to ghettos and issuing yellow stars.

  30. Not again. Please god not again!

  31. Chad Mosier says:

    Listen, this isn’t the Israel or her people from the days of old.

    This all boils down to the feckless, cowardly administration residing at 1600.

  32. Kevin Palmer, are you still sitting calmly???

  33. God is calling His people home from all corners of our globe. I am saddened over the way people are turning on the chosen race.

  34. Israel is forever!

  35. Jacob Maslow says:

    During ww2, the nazis were viciously anti Semitic. Both sides are trying to claim the other side is anti Semitic and the flyer was forged to make that point.

  36. That leaflet was at sure a forgery. It wasn’t the Russians who committed Babiy Yar’s horror, but those Nazi-collaborant Ukrainians mostly, who are at the roots form OUN/UPA and those Banderists who aligned with and served the Nazi occupants. That’s why its sure absolutely that this time that notice is in the footsteps of the “Elders of Zion” forgery.

  37. Susie Gilpin says:

    We should all pray for the Jewish people in the Ukraine. This is not exceptible in this day and age. May God in Heaven stop this from happening. Not again.

  38. Gina Loyd says:

    It was already listed as a bogus propaganda flyer to cause tensions. It was passed outby masked gunmen….think about this folks.

  39. Ronald Cook says:

    aliyah time,,,,,NOW !!!!!!

  40. Russia is an enemy!!

  41. Roman Druker says:

    Read HaAretz newspaper on this subject: today’s issue

  42. Wake up people there trying to do this again we need to stand up far Israel and her people. G-d bless us all

  43. Jean Kinney says:


  44. here we go again, 2 world wars were not enough?? remember history is bound to repeat it self, perhaps, Obama will stand up and stop this before it gets past the point of no return…..again…..

  45. Immanuel Chesed says:

    Natives of FIJI ( First Israel Jewish Islands) will welcome you.

  46. Danny Willis says:

    lord be with them

  47. I cannot believe so many supposed Jewish people posting here are such sheep as to believe this. Maybe it is part of the original fake. Think once. Why would the Russians want to do this? Who would want to do this? Those wishing to blame it on the Russians is the answer. Don't they read the story? There have been 17 incidents this year many real enough to include violence and five in Kiev alone…nothing to do with the Russians obviously. This leaflet bit was a few masked unknown men handing out leaflets. Did they read the part about where the Jews were to register? An empty building.

  48. If you are not moved by this picture you have no heart. If you are not then focus in in the middle left..do you see the woman holding a baby? How would you feel holding your baby knowing you would be killed?

  49. JoAnn Morris says:

    Unfortunately, Putin does not believe this.

  50. Jay Wilkoff says:

    It might be time to move to Israel!

  51. JoAnn Morris says:

    Hope you are right about Obama!

  52. JoAnn Morris says:

    Remember Judiasm is a religion, not a race….we are being judged by our religious belief. So sad. Please pray for us.

  53. JoAnn Morris says:

    This is not the answer. Jews should not be driven from their homelands. Shalom.

  54. JoAnn Morris says:

    How do you know this?? Please explain.

  55. The blood moon was a sign for Israel!

  56. Fox News said the Russians said they did not send out the leaflets- said Ukraine did! Whoever did its horrible! Praying!

  57. GOD’s people of the world…especially the JEWS …attention …Russia is marching southward nearing ISRAEL’s border …their only focus is ISRAEL…but this will not prevail because GOD is watching us…Russian Army and it’s allies will be defeated in all corners of the world…if you want to bless…pray for ISRAEL…GOD bless and Shalom

  58. This is BS. Both sides in the conflict are trying to make each other look bad. Don’t automatically trust propaganda.

  59. And still today there’s ing idiots that deny the holocaust ever happened.

  60. Joe Ritchie says:

    God protect and deliver the Jews that are in Ukraine.

  61. Usani Utum says:

    This time round any evil plot against the Jews will crumble. IIN. Amen.

  62. Amy Balch says:

    Echoes from the past, soon to be revisited!

  63. I pray nothing bad comes as a result of this.

  64. We have always been told that this can happen again

  65. Bobby James says:

    My heart breaks at every thought of this atrocity.

  66. Deb Hoc says:

    Get out go to Israel.

  67. Jews are safe only in Israel…come back to the Land no one would treat you like this.

  68. Anti-Semitism and discrimination against people because they are Jewish is wrong in every and any form. Sitting back and saying nothing is also wrong. Whether the leaflets are genuine or not, the anti-Semitism is real. Last time the world looked on and did nothing…

  69. Beth Basa says:

    Well this is DEMONIC to say the least!

  70. This is someone’s sick idea of adding fuel to an ongoing fire….

  71. Cherie Lewis says:

    Ms. Morris – Shalom. I agree in part with your comment. In principle, Jews should never be driven from their homes. However, their lives might be in danger at this point in time. It’s often difficult to know the best course of action, because we cannot see into the future. If Jewish people in Europe in 1938 would have known of the events from 1938 to 1948, what would they have done?

  72. Lord,please protect these people and bring them to safety.I J N,Amen

  73. How awful! Never again!

  74. How awful! Never again!

  75. Jesse Long says:

    This is shameful!

  76. C Magui Alv Moran says:


  77. Antisemitism is still alive in the Ukraine & thriving. It’s time for all the Jews to get the hell out of there & come home to Israel.

  78. Praying for the Jews tonight.

  79. Because of Russia I am alive today. Russia took my father and mother in and moved them away to Kazakhstan. Canada and the U.S.A. refused to accept Jewish refugees. Europe will never learn.

  80. It must not happen again while the world stands idly by and does nothing.

  81. First, look at and read throughly the original text, it has some telling points, missing official references, no issuer, no office, no law or gov’t order reference etc. Also one must be very suspicious with knowing the current Ukrainian context, and knowing that it’s not the Russians there who are reviving the rightextremist power alliances, even to th e point where Hitler’s painting displayed as “liberator”. etc

  82. So in my opinion and after checking with Russian expats, it’s absolutely out of context with the Russian interim gov’t values and intentions, and serves only the interest of the.Ukrainian side to put blame on the Russians to “egalize” or “level” the field about the harsh.antisemitism they represent (and the Russians not).

  83. Maniklal Roy says:

    hindus of Bangladesh facing same problems but goes un noticed

  84. Tal Babich says:

    Expert says its fake letter. The real genocide is happening against Falun Gong practitioners in China NOW.

  85. There is no doubt in my mind that PUTIN WILL eventually take the Ukraine!! He will push on until either he gets all he wants or runs into a brick wall !!

  86. I is time for Israel to leave the Nations God is about to judge, and return to Israel. Israel is forever! God is about to judge the Ukraine.

  87. Marine Iv says:

    I’m in the way you live?

  88. The genozid killing in Babin Yar/in ENG = Grandma’s gorge (may all the victims rest in peace), was a horrible act by the Nazi-German Wehrmacht, the 6. Nazi Army corp under Gen. Walter von Reichenau. I worked in the German archives about it and other Nazi crimes. The author of the article makes a wrong conclusion, bringing up the missing link in what happend yesterday to the Nazi-German occupation of Ukraine. Because – it’s Donetsk, where the document was created, and in this area, which is “very Russian traditional”, the Russians killed longer and more Ukrainian Jews (may the victims rest in peace) – since the 1850s untill the end of Stalin’s time, and the Russians there deported Ukrainian Jews even longer – until the 1980s (!). So, please, don’t make the mistake to blame the Ukrainian citizens or the new Ukrainian government (which is ruled by native Jews like Yatsenyuk and Groisman, two amazing politicians), but look deeper into the history of the Russian anti-Semitism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Jewish_pogroms_in_the_Russian_Empire — or here — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_Russian_Empire — or here — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_Soviet_Union

  89. Elisabeth Almqvist says:

    Sowing and reaping! Now Ukraine must pay for atrocities against Jews !

  90. Alan Kardon says:

    Round up the Nazis' that sent these notices. Send them to their gas chambers. Let them test it on themselves. This is the only language these animals understand. NEVER EVER AGAIN

  91. Anonymous says:

    Never again has to be real!

  92. Ted Exstein says:

    interesting that it appears that the Russians are behind this effort. Putin used Ukrainian anti-Semitism as one of his excuses to annex the Crimean Pennisula. Perhaps, because there is no real anti-semmitism that can be pointed out to the world, they needed to create the appearance of it as the next round of excuses in annexing more of the Ukraine?

  93. Uzi Kattan says:

    I hope that the Jews living in Ukraine will leave and let the antisemitic Ukrainians and Russians kill each other. Both have a dark history of persecuting Jews.

  94. Joan Allyn says:

    We have Israel!

  95. Joe Khoury says:

    It seems evrytime there is conflict in the world, the jews become the target of hate. This is generations of brainwashing in Ukraine and Russia having been shut out from the civilized world and being spoon fed malicious propaganda. No different from many parts of the middle east.

  96. Eva Feld says:

    Right from the start of this mess, "1936-1939 – De Ja Vue all over again. Or, he who forgets or does not remember, has to repeat and every school teacher is aware of this.

  97. Judith Dowla says:

    Our concern is what matters most to GOD; "Love your neighbor as yourself;" this is the major principle of the Torah. Rabbi Akiva, Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9:4

  98. Judith Dowla says:

    A Code of Jewish Ethics, You shall be Holy. Set aside by GOD and for GOD.

  99. Any Jewish person is welcome in my home. Shalom Israel

  100. Ann Schultz says:

    To those who say this was fake, read your history. This attitude ended in the "Final Solution". Fake document, maybe…but the attitude is very real. Am Yisrael Chai!

  101. Rosalind Korn says:

    those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, wake up world, the time is NOW, to speak out. whether this happened or not, its a fact that anti semitic incidents are on the rise globally but esp again in europe, which is where the holocaust began. never again!!!

  102. Yechiel Baum says:


  103. Why the jews in Ukraine are there?, they didn't lerned what happened in WWII?.

  104. No Jew should be living in ANY of the ACCURSED lands where Jews have been discriminated, persecuted, slaughtered. I don't even believe Jews should visit and contribute in any measure to those accursed places and inhabitants: those lands are drenched in Jewish blood and, anyway, the lands of galut have the halakhic status of cemeteries.

  105. Millie Kashuk says:

    Yes that was my Grand-Parents My Aunt and 2 little boys who were killed in 1941 by the Romanians …….IT BREAKS MY HEART……

  106. Gary Harper says:

    If it "appears" that the Ukraine cannot "establish control", then the Russians will claim they have a "right" to come in, and "stabilize" the situation, to "protect" all Ukrainian peoples, including the Jews. There may be more to this than meets the eye. While Putin is not necessarily anti-Semitic, he is still a Slavic-xenophobic, and that is not necessarily without good reason. But still, I recommend that all Jews brush the dust of all of Europe from their feet, and never look back, as they Exodus.

  107. The Holocaust was one of the worst tragedies in human history. But, it should have educated people of the perils that Anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry produces. However , if we look at the state of affairs today, we clearly see that we have learned nothing. Anti Semitism in Europe is at an all time high. Much of the adversity Israel faces from the international community is fueled by hatred of the Jewish people. To this segment of society, Israel will be condemned not because of what Israel actually does, but because of that symbol in the middle of the Israeli flag. This is why it's so important to support Israel and is the biggest differences between today and seventy years ago. Jewish people throughout the world have the ability to escape persecution and have a place to go where they can live a Jewish life in peace and not have to worry about a government rounding them up and killing them. Another major difference between today and World War Two is the Jewish community has become much more politically influential with the establishment of advocacy groups who monitor world events concerning the Jewish community and actively work to remedy injustice and prejudice. It will be vital for these groups to intervene in the current situation in the Ukraine. Obviously, the first order of business is to determine who is producing these Anti Semitic flyers . Hopefully, the Jewish population in the Ukraine will take heed and recognize when it's time to leave. This situation underscores my original point,. The more things change, the more things stay the same.

  108. Dan Silagi says:

    The Red Russkie Commie Rats are the ones who perpetrated this. They figured the world would believe the Ukranians pulled this stunt and tried to blame the Russkies for it. In fact, the Russkies did it, thinking the world would believe the Ukranians were responsible for this false flag operation which really wasn't one at all.

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