During the German occupation from 1941 to 1944, over one million Jewish children, women and men were murdered in mass shooting operations and hastily buried throughout the territory of present-day Ukraine. The international project Protecting Memory was established with the aim of transforming the neglected and forgotten mass graves of Jews and Roma into dignified places of remembrance and to provide historical information and preserve the memory of the victims for the present and future. The project was funded by the German Federal Foreign Offi ce and carried out from 2016 to 2019 by the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies (Kyiv).
In August 2019 the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened an exhibition on the Protecting Memory project in the Federal Foreign O ce. It is planned to show it in Ukraine too as a touring exhibition.