Babi Yar

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the massacre at Babi Yar.

Nearly 34,000 Ukrainian Jews were murdered over the course of two days. Only 29 survived.

The victims were remembered at a memorial ceremony on Thursday.

It’s very hard for me to write this. Like many Ashkenazi Jews, I am not untouched by the Holocaust. My grandparents were born in this country, their parents immigrated from Eastern Europe. In immigrating, their parents left behind family members who would later become part of the six million Jews who were tortured, starved and slaughtered.

It’s also very hard because antisemitism, which many believed to have disappeared in the last few decades, has returned with a vengeance. Modern day Jewish communities all over the world are feeling the heat of hatred and prejudice once more.

Over and over again, we keep saying never again. But saying never again feels fruitless.

May the memories of those who were killed be a blessing. Z”l.

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