Ukraine’s first President Leonid Kravchuk has joined the Philanthropic Foundation Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center’s (BYHMC) Supervisory Board. Kravchuk has become the fifteenth member of that body formed as an international team of globally renowned and respected human right activists, academicians, politicians, businessmen, religion scholars and cultural figures.
Leonid Kravchuk has joined the Supervisory Board members as a statesman and a public figure, politician, academician and top level diplomat. In addition, it was him who once gave the historic speech in the context of the Holocaust re-thinking and exploration. As the Verkhovna Rada’s chairman, in 1991, Leonid Kravchuk made his apology at Babyn Yar to the Jewish people, on behalf of the Ukrainian people, for involvement of individual Ukrainians in the Holocaust.
Along with Leonid Kravchuk, the Philanthropic Foundation Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center’s Supervisory Board includes such prominent figures as Nobel Prize winner in Literature Svetlana Alexievich, former Vice-Chancellor of Germany Joschka Fischer, US politician Joseph I.Liberman, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and UNESCO Director-General (2009 – 2017) Irina Bokova.
Function-wise, the Supervisory Board ensures supervision of the foundation’s activities and advises to the Board of Directors as a separate and independent body. The Philanthropic Foundation Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center is a non-governmental organisation whose ambition is to build a center for documentation, commemoration and education on the tragic events of September 1941. The memorial Center’s vocation is to respectfully commemorate the victims of the Babyn Yar tragedy and to promote the humanisation of mankind through preservation of memory and study of the Holocaust history.