Babi Yar, Site of One of the Holocaust’s Biggest Massacres, Is a Reminder of Both Nazi and Soviet Anti-Semitism

Oct. 12 2021

Last week, the former Soviet dissident Natan Sharanksy gave a speech at Babi Yar in Ukraine to commemorate the Nazis’ massacre of over 33,000 Jews there 80 years ago. Babi Yar, he noted, was not just a symbol of the crimes of the Third Reich, but also of the USSR’s own crime of trying to erase the memory of the Holocaust. Reflecting on the deeds of the perpetrators, their local collaborators, and the Ukrainian Gentiles who rescued some of their Jewish compatriots, he concluded that “even when you walk through the valley of death, you are still making moral choices.” (Video, 13 minutes.)

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How Jewish Democracy Endures

March 30 2023

After several weeks of passionate political conflict in Israel over judical reform, the tensions seem to be defused, or at least dialed down, for the time being. In light of this, and in anticipation of the Passover holiday soon upon us, Eric Cohen considers the way forward for both the Jewish state and the Jewish people. (Video, 8 minutes. A text is available at the link below.)

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