"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)

Klara Vinokur

If you would like to read letters written by students to Klara, please call or stop by the Museum during it's open hours.

On September 30, 2010, together with the Russian community, the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center remembered the victims and survivors of Babi Yar, the massacre of 30,000 Jews and 100,000 Russians in Kiev. Klara Vinokur, a Babi Yar survivor, remembered the victims and asked that Marc Adelman, our Education Staff member, briefly speak:

BABI YAR COMMEMORATION

"On behalf of the Holocaust Awareness Museum, thank you for your invitation to take part in this memorial service for the victims of Babi Yar.

Sixty-nine years have passed since the tragedy outside of Kiev in Babi Yar. About 100 thousand children, their parents, and their grandparents lost their lives, of which 33 thousand were Jews who were murdered not for any crimes but simply because they were Jewish. Commemorations like this are held in the Ukraine, Israel, United States, and many other countries.

The city of Kiev, alone, has three monuments. Survivors, their rescuers, and officials have an opportunity to honor the victims. Among those, in the past, were George and Barbara Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

We are proud that this annual ceremony to the memory of the victims of Babi Yar is a tradition right here in Philadelphia at the site of the first monument erected in America. It is only fitting that the first Holocaust museum established in America, the Holocaust Awareness Museum, at the Klein JCC, has a display case inspired by our own Klara Vinokur with artifacts, such as Babi Yar soil, books and photos depicting the horrors of Babi Yar. Many visitors, young and old, are interested in what is displayed. Please visit our museum where you can see and hear the story of Babi Yar in Russian and English.

The memory of the victims will always be with us.

Babi Yar: “Never again, never to be repeated.”"