January 27 marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ukraine at the state level honors the victims of the tragedy since 2012. The Greek Holocaust translates as “burnt offering” and means the systematic persecution and extermination (genocide) of Jews by Nazi Germany and collaborators during 1933-1945. It is officially recognized that 6,000,000 Jews were killed during the Holocaust, from 2.2 to 2.5 million of them in the territory of the former Soviet Union. In a broader sense, the Holocaust is the systematic persecution and destruction of people based on their race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or genetic type identified as inferior, harmful.

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Chiger, K., Paisner, D. (2015). Divchynka u zelenomu svetri : zhyttia u morotsi Holokostu [The Girl in the Green Sweater: A Life in Holocaust's Shadow]. Kyiv: KM Publishing.

"The Girl in the Green Sweater" is a world-famous memoir by Krystyna Chiger, who survived the Holocaust in Lviv in 1943 only because her family with a small group of other Jews was able to escape into the sewers. For fourteen months, Polish Catholic Leopold Socha, a former thief who had thus atoned for his past sins, helped them underground, risking his own life. This stoy is not without prejudice and many inaccuracies, because at the time of occupation little Krystyna was almost seven years old, but it is a book about the thirst for life, friendship and salvation.

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