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Remembering the Holocaust in Ukraine

Paul Shapiro, Director of International Affairs at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss what ‘never forget’ and ‘never again’ mean right now.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commemorates Holocaust victims at the at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, Ukraine in April 2021. (Courtesy of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center via JTA)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commemorates Holocaust victims at the at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv, Ukraine in April 2021. (Courtesy of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center via JTA)

“Never again” and “never forget” are not just slogans of Holocaust remembrance; they are a Jewish clarion call of civic responsibility. Paul Shapiro, Director of International Affairs at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss what it means to put these phrases into action today, Putin’s distortion of the Holocaust as a justification for Russian aggression, the effort of the Ukrainian government to educate its population about the Holocaust, and the construction and near destruction of the Babi Yar Holocaust memorial.

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