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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.
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.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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124 Responses to “‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar”

  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:

    RUSSIA CAN NEVER B TRUSTED SAID MY BELOVED GRANDFATHER SO WISE WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT AMERICA WOULD BECOME A WOOSY OSTRICH WITH ITS HEAD IN THE SAND DRAWING RED LINES

  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. 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!!!

  23. NEW NAZIS=DEVILS !! HOPE ISRAEL WILL HELP THOSE JEWS??

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

  25. ISRAEL or bust!!!!!

  26. Arian Yatira says:

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

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

  28. 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.

  29. Not again. Please god not again!

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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.

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