Dutch historian fears Babi Yar Memorial Center will become Disneyland
Former Babi Yar Memorial Center project historian Karel Berkhof is concerned that the Babi Yar Memorial may become an entertainment complex.
He said so in an interview with Ukrinform in The Hague.
“My biggest fear is that it is an entertainment complex to some extent. I don’t want that, it’s a memorial. We must be very careful on this subject and have a feeling for various aspects. And I don’t want Disneyland, as we sometimes say. I don’t want that, ”he said.
He pointed out that there are principles on how a memorial center should behave with victims, how to show them. There is an international charter of memorial museums.
According to him, he left the Memorial project after the appearance of new leadership who wanted a more creative team and daring views. The post of artistic director was taken by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, the author of the scandalous project “DAU”.
“The work style has become more downward: Mr. Khrzhanovsky said that the previous work was not original. It was clear that he preferred to recruit a new team, new people. As for the changes in the concept, this was expressed in the conversation and, above all, in its presentation in September 2019, which can be found on the Internet, both in English and in translation into Ukrainian, “said Berkhof.
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As reported by Ukrinform, Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovsky became artistic director of the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kiev in late 2019.
On April 22, law enforcement officials recorded criminal proceedings relating to the acts of torture, as well as the production or distribution of works promoting the cult of violence (part 2 of section 127, part 3 of article 300 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) on the publication on the network of plans of the film by Khrzhanovsky “DAU. Degeneration”)
Since April 15, certain parts of the film have been made public on the network, after which the theme of the use of children in filming and their possible abuse has been raised.
Khrzhanovsky himself assures that the children on the set were not injured, violence was not used against them.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru