The Holocaust is unarguably the most evil and tragic chapter of modern history and learning its story is vital for all of mankind to prevent future genocides. At this juncture of history, as the last known survivors of the Holocaust pass away, it is our moral responsibility to carry their stories and lessons to future generations.
Yale historian Timothy D. Snyder coined a term “bloodlands” to describe the area comprised of modern-day Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Baltic States and part of the Russian Federation. Between 1933 and 1945, during the Holocaust this region of Europe experienced grief and bloodshed that was unparalleled in western history.
Between 1941 and 1943, Nazis murdered over 1.5 million Jews in Ukraine alone, leaving behind over one thousand known mass-killing sites.
Very little about the tragic events that took place in Ukraine during the Holocaust are known to the outside world.
In Ukraine, as well, most have never heard about the killing sites. Even those with some awareness know little more than the tragedy of Babin Yar in Kiev where a memorial was erected. Besides Babin Yar, there are a dozen or so much smaller memorials. The majority of places although they are sometimes designated with a stone or plaque generally go unnoticed. Many of these tragic places are on the outskirts of towns, in the fields, woods and ravines. These places are often inaccessible and eerie. By and large, most of the other killing sites live only in the memories of the elderly or in dusty archives. RememberUs.org is dedicated to researching and commemorating all of the Holocaust victims and marking as many of the killing sites that we can.