The Nazis dumped in Babi Yar ravine Jewish headstones stolen from a local cemetery before killing tens of thousands of Jews at the same site.
Nazi forces in the Soviet Union committed the Babi Yar massacre 75 years ago, over two days, on September 28 and 29. But like most of the world, the Forverts published news of the Babi Yar massacre only in 1943, when Kiev, the neighboring city, was liberated by the Red Army.
The Nazis would ultimately kill more than 100,000 people at the site by war’s end, a toll that includes Roma and Catholics, among others. Two-thirds were Jews. Today more than 30 monuments mark the site, but they are scattered about as distractions. The scene continues to evoke Yevtushenko’s 1961 poem on the injustice of institutionalized forgetting.
On the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre, we should honor the dead but also acknowledge the resilience of the New Ukraine, Alex Soros writes.
The role of Holocaust education in a country where almost 1 million Jews were slaughtered is a complicated thing when the country in question is in the throes of shaping a fresh national identity and national memory for itself from some very raw emotional material; even more so, when it’s locked at the same time in a simmering military conflict against Russia, one of its former occupiers along with Nazi Germany during World War II.
With his army fatigues, long greying beard and black kippah, Cherkassky looked halfway between a combat soldier and a rabbi. He could just as well have been a captain in the Israel Defense Forces. But he is not; Cherkassky, yarmulke and all, is a Ukrainian patriot who has been fighting with Right Sector, the very nationalist militia [Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been denouncing for anti-Semitism.
For the third time in recent months, Nazi swastikas were discovered on the Babi Yar memorial monument for Holocaust victims in Kiev.
Swastikas were painted on the Holocaust memorial monument at Babi Yar in Kiev.
This is a talk I delivered yesterday afternoon at the Holocaust commemoration ceremony of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park. My theme could probably best be summed up by quoting Joe Hill’s final message to Big Bill Haywood: “Don’t waste time mourning. Organize!