Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and President of the Russian Jewish Congress Viatcheslav Kantor met in Kiev, where they underscored the importance of holding World Holocaust Forums, in addition to discussing the state of preparations for the Second World Holocaust Forum in Kiev this September.
“The Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy; it is a tragedy that belongs to the whole world,” Yushchenko said.
At the meeting, the Ukrainian president remarked on the scale and international reach of the upcoming event.
Kantor called the upcoming forum in Babi Yar, Kiev “…a pulpit from which world leaders can come together to take a united stand against the growing dangers of xenophobia and racial intolerance, which raise their heads in an atmosphere of weak historical memory and conscious denial of the Holocaust.”
Kantor went on to thank Yushchenko for his “…careful attention to this problem and thorough study of the issues.”
“We, the citizens of Europe, including Russia and Ukraine, are acting not just in the name of Jews, but in the name of all of those who fought and continue to fight fascism in all its past and present incarnations,” Kantor emphasized.