Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1st Session • 42nd Parliament Volume 148 • Number 078
Babyn Yar Massacre
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today marks the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar Massacre. On this date in 1941 in Kyiv, 34,000 Jewish men, women, children and infants were rounded up, stripped naked, shot and dumped into the Babyn Yar Ravine by the Nazis. So began the “Holocaust by Bullets in Eastern Europe.”
This week a series of commemorative events are being held on this horrific anniversary. The Babyn Yar memorial project was spearheaded by the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. A ground-breaking group founded and funded by Ukrainian Canadian businessman and visionary James Temerty.
Thousands of forgotten “Holocaust by Bullets” sites are deserving of remembrance. One such site is at the ancient Jewish cemetery of Sambir where on the first day of Passover in 1943 2,000 Jews were massacred. After 7 years of patient and meticulous work, my friend Mark Freiman and I signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mayor of Sambir Yurij Hamar this September 8th to memorialize this site.
“May their souls be bound in the bond of eternal life.”
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