On May 13, on the eve of the Day of Remembrance of Ukrainians who rescued Jews during World War II, “Khesed Menakhem” Charitable Foundation together with Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” held an online meeting. The commemorative date was set in 2021 by a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in honor of the Righteous Among the Nations and other rescuers of Jews who risked their lives and the lives of relatives to help Jews avoid Nazi terror during the Holocaust. According to the Israeli National Memorial of Catastrophe and Heroism of Yad Vashem, 2673 Ukrainians received the high title of the Righteous.
Representatives of the Dnipro Jewish community and other cities of Ukraine joined the event. Oleh Rostovtsev, director of “Khesed Menakhem” Charitable Foundation told about the connection between the generations of those who rescued those doomed to death during World War II and modern rescuers who help people suffering from Russian aggression. Dr. Olena Ishchenko, researcher of the Museum acquainted the audience with modern approaches of historical science to determine the difference between the concepts of the Righteous and the Rescuers. She also touched upon the problem of motivating the rescue of Jews by Ukrainians. The online class of Maryna Strilchuk, researcher of the Museum on “From a concentration camp prisoner to the Righteous Among the Nations: Olena Viter” was also held. Attendees recalled their own family stories of helping relatives during World War II, read their own poems.
Fruitful work of Museum “Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine” together with “Khesed Menakhem” Charitable Foundation continues.