Plans have been unveiled for a new memorial site to be built at Babi Yar in Ukraine, where an estimated 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
According to Alexander Levin, President of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews and head of the Jewish community in Kiev, the purpose of the new memorial site is to allow visitors from around the world to experience an emotional connection to the horrific slaughter that occurred at Babi Yar over 70 years ago. The site will display a variety of historic material, including remains of clothes and belongings of the murdered, documents from the Nazi archives, a 3D film, and interviews with survivors. Another main element of the site will be a Jewish center and synagogue that will symbolize the revival of Jewish life in the place where Nazis once planned to exterminate every remnant of Judaism.
Construction of the site will begin in the next few months and is expected to take around two-and-a-half years to complete. The funding of the site will come mostly from Levin and Vadim Rabinovich, a Jewish philanthropist from Ukraine.