PHOTOS AND STORY BY STEFAN KRUSZE
The 78th Babi Yar Commemoration Ceremony’s key note address was given by Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, the son of a Holocaust Survivor. AG Phil Weiser in his address mentioned the fact that his mother was born in the Buchenwald concentration camp one day after it’s liberation by US forces.
AG Weiser in his address went on to state about the magnitude of the atrocities of the September 29th – 30th, 1941 genocide where 34,000 Jews were murdered in the initial two-day event. Also mentioned that history was made in the State of Colorado where for the first time people elected a Governor, Colorado Attorney General, and Colorado Secertary of State who are Jewish. And yet anti Semitism and hate crimes or incidents are on the rise globally, 39 reported acts in Colorado alone for the year 2018. AG Weiser also said, that in remembering the Holocaust, that is an extreme example of hate, everyone needs to stand up for justice. As history notes the mass murders genocide at Babi Yar was not limited to 2 September days, 100,000 to 150,000 Jews, Soviet Prisoners of war, Ukrainians and more victims on later dates. As history also changes in Ukraine, the country also witnessed similar election outcomes as in Colorado, where for the first time, people elected a President who is Jewish, and that for the first time is the only country other than Israel to have a president and a prime minister who are Jewish.
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