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Deidre Berger
Director of AJC's Berlin Ramer Institute
Rabbi Andrew Baker
Director of International Jewish Affairs

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) launched the initiative “Protecting Memory: Preserving and Memorializing the Mass Graves of Eastern Europe” at the AJC Berlin Ramer Institute in 2010. Building on Yahad – In Unum’s important work and funded by the German Foreign Office, a coalition of international partners set out to implement pilot projects at five killing sites in Ukraine: Rava-Ruska, Kysylyn, Ostrozhets, Prokhid and Bakhiv. Mass grave boundaries were established and an architectural competition was held in order to realize appropriate memorials for each site, which were dedicated in June 2015. Achieving a sense of local ownership was considered instrumental. Educational materials and teacher training programs have been implemented in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies in Kiev.

See Deidre Berger's (pp. 97-107) and Rabbi Andrew Baker's (pp. 185-186) contributions to the IHRA "Killing Sites" volume.

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