I and my family traveled to Ukraine in 2019. We were in Lviv when Zelensky was elected president. We found Lviv to be a wonderful city, full of youth, art, music, and a sense of freedom. Ukrainian history was harsh to our ancestors. They emigrated in the early 20th century to escape antisemitic pogroms. Others who remained were systematically eliminated by Hitler’s genocidal tyranny when he invaded Russia and Ukraine. While visiting the sites where our ancestors once lived, we witnessed the revival of Jewish culture alongside liberal democracy. That Zelensky came from Jewish lineage was evidence of a page of history turning. These factors give me an extra sense of connection to the painful events we are all witnessing or experiencing. May these same events arouse our resolve to defend hard won freedoms and dissuade other proto-tyrants from attempts to eradicate them.