My friend’s mother, Raisa Pogrebinskaya, was saved at least six times throughout the Holocaust by six different people from the execution in Babyn Yar and thereafter. She did not remember their names or even ever knew their names. According to the rules of the Israeli Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Complex, they all deserve the title of the Righteous Among the Nations, but due to the lack of complete data, they cannot be officially recognized as the Righteous.
Those six persons, as well as many others, have not been included in the book “Righteous Among the Nations. Ukraine”, published by us to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy. However, they do not cease to be the Righteous because of this.
There are about 2,700 names of the Righteous Ukrainians in the book, who have been officially recognized as such to date by Yad Vashem. In addition to the complete list of the Righteous for each region of Ukraine, we have also given individual stories of the salvation of Jews and published photos of the Righteous themselves.
I am sure that over time this list will grow, and we will learn even more names of the Righteous, who are considered nameless today.
As part of the events dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy, I have presented the book “Righteous Among the Nations. Ukraine” to the President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog. I would like to express my gratitude to the partners of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, with whose help the book about the Righteous Ukrainians has been published: Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, Jerusalem, Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the publishing house Our Format.