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The museum would serve to rectify a “blind spot” that many Ukrainians have about their country’s role in the Holocaust.
Anyone stationed at a camp is liable to prosecution as an accessory to murder based on service. The change in policy led to searches for anyone who served in the death camps or murder squads.
In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.
One of the worst Nazi massacres to be carried out in only two days occurred in Bari Yar in the Ukraine. Plans have been unveiled for a memorial and a living memory – a synagogue and Jewish center.
The place that holds the record for murders in a day – even over such ghastly places as Auschwitz and Treblinka – is Babi Yar. A ravine on the outskirts of Kiev, it is today incorporated within the urban, inhabited sector of the Ukrainian capital. The events described here took place seventy years ago, in 1941, on Rosh Hashanah.