|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
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It was remarkable because, at least, the leaders of World Jewish Congress, European Jewish Congress (EJC) and European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) got together and discussed common problems. They managed to reach certain coordination of their activities. It is very important because the EJC is a representative body of the European Jewry, whereas the ECJC is an executive community structure. There were certain problems between them in the past. As the EJC's Vice-President, I initiated this coordination project and I think we all shall benefit from it.
April 20-21 the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) held its meeting in Brussels. Particular attention was paid to the situation in Israel, outburst of anti-Semitism in Western Europe and attitude by Jewish organizations towards documents worked out by European organizations.
"...Those Yids to be found in other places will be shot dead". Such associations came to my mind after viewing and discussing contest works of the Jewish community cultural center "Heritage", because Babiy Yar-Syrets death camp for me is a symbol of family tragedy.
Babiy Yar, Babiy Yar... After WWII this name of a Kiev ravine became a synonym to human tragedy. Babiy Yar in Ukraine and world-wide means significantly more than just a geographical name and one of tragic addresses of WWII mass genocide.
On May 7, on the eve of the Victory Day, the discussion of draft project of the would-be premise of the "Heritage" community cultural Jewish center took place in Republican painters' house. The premise, according to the customers' and executors' will, is intended for the museum of Jewish history and culture, for creation of educational center, and, in the long run, for research institute.
TO 75 YEARS SINCE DEATH DATE
Pogroms of 1881 and the situation around them changed world outlook of many Jewish educators (maskilim). L.Pinsker, M.Lilienlbum, P.Smolensky and other known proponents of emancipation of Jews through their introduction to the European culture came out for the creation of a Jewish state. Their opponent Asher Tsvi Gintsberg (1856-1927), who wrote under the pseudonym "Ahad ha-Am", came into literature at that very time.