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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jason Kenney visits Babyn Yar holocaust site in Ukraine

Babyn Yar is a site in Kiev, Ukraine where over 100,000 Jewish and non-Jewish victims of fascism were murdered during World War II.

Today Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney visited the site as part of a trip to Kiev to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, the 1932–33 famine-genocide in Ukraine that came as a result of Joseph Stalin’s collectivist agriculture scheme.

“Standing on these grounds today is a bitter reminder of the horrific acts of the past, but also reaffirms the commitment of the Government of Canada to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust is never lost,” said Minister Kenney.

The mass killings, known as the Babyn Yar massacre, took place on September 29–30, 1941, and are known as one of the largest massacres in the history of the Holocaust.

“We will not forget what took place here or in other areas of the world,” said Minister Kenney. “Canada is working with its international partners to see to it.”

Minister Kenney has spearheaded Canada's recent and ongoing efforts to move toward full membership in the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 23, 2008 in International Affairs | Permalink


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I wonder if any Liberal or Dipper would criticize this trip on grounds of cost. They would stoop that low.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-23 11:15:20 PM

Rather than a Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, Canada should look to increase the awareness of crimes against humanity. Why not include the millions killed under commisim in the old Soviet Union, China etc.?

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-24 12:12:02 PM

Sorry that was supposed to be "communism".

Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-24 12:24:08 PM

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