On May 14, Ukraine celebrates for the first time the Day of Remembrance of Ukrainians who saved Jews during World War II. This memorable date was introduced by a resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in February 2021, reports UATV.
A nationwide minute of silence will take place at 12:00. It will honor the memory of the Ukrainians who saved Jews from the Nazis.
As of January 1, 2020, Israel awarded 2659 Ukrainian citizens the title of Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews from the Holocaust. Ukraine is the 4th in the world in terms of the number of these titles, more only in Poland, the Netherlands and France.
This title is awarded by the State of Israel to distinguish non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis. This title can be obtained only on the recommendation of the Jewish community, and a special commission will study all documents.