Exhibition “The Holocaust by Bullets: Mass shootings of Jews in Ukraine 1941-1944” organized within the 70th anniversary of Babiy Yar and Drobitskiy Yar tragedies was opened in AVEC Gallery in Kharkiv.
The project is organized by Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Memorial de la Shoah, Yahad-In Unum and the Embassies of Israel, France, Germany and the United States in Ukraine. The organizer of the exhibition in Kharkiv is Alexander Feldman Fund.
“We are thankful to Victor Pinchuk Foundation, all the organizers. Deep respect to Patrick Desbois, the man, who devoted his life to the tragedy of another nation, – said the founder of the Fund of the same name Alexander Feldman in his foreword. – This is not a standard issue. These facts cannot be concealed. We must not forget the tragic lessons of history, no matter how painful and cruel they were. This genocide is one of the most horrific examples of human hate. The exhibition in Kharkov, other Ukrainian cities and abroad will immortalize the memory of this tragedy. We should speak about it and show it every day, for the future, so that the Holocausts will never happen again."
The exhibition was previously displayed in Paris, New York and Kiev. It is presented in Kharkiv for the first time. This project shows absolutely new evidences and testimonies of the mass murder of Jews by Nazi soldiers in Ukraine. It seeks to promote tolerance in Ukrainian society and particularly among younger generation.
This exhibition was created by the Memorial de la Shoah and updated and adapted with the help of leading Ukrainian experts. The project “The Holocaust by Bullets” is based on the work of French Roman-Catholic priest, Father Patrick Desbois, who has conducted for many years archival and field researches and videotaped interviews of witnesses to the mass shooting in Ukraine. This exhibition includes information on historical facts, video interviews, war-time documents, photographs of mass graves that have been discovered and objects documenting the history of the mass shooting – such as bullets, cartridges, etc.
"The Holocaust – is a tragedy of humanity, said the Chief Rabbi of Kharkov Moshe Moscovich. – One needs to look into history in order to understand. One needs to have respect to people, to any person, whatever nationality, whatever religion he belongs to."
The project is exhibited in “AVEC” gallery. The exhibition will be shown from November 10 to December 17, 2011. Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 11 pm. Free of charge.