Babyn Yar: History and Memory (in English)

During World War II Babyn Yar, like Auschwitz in present-day Poland, became a prominent symbol of the destruction of the European Jews during the Holocaust. This deadly process began in September 1941 with the murder of nearly 34,000 Jews and continued over the next several years with the shootings of tens of thousands more Jews as well as the Roma people, the mentally ill, Soviet prisoners of war, Ukrainian national activists, Communist party members, and ordinary residents of Kyiv taken as hostages. These people were stripped of their dignity as individuals and subjected to inhuman brutality and then murdered. Babyn Yar became one of the most traumatic sites in the Ukrainian experience of World War II.

The publication of this book, dedicated to the seventy-fifth anniversary of Babyn Yar, is the result of the collaborative effort of scholars working in various disciplines in Canada, France, Israel, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and the United States. All the contributors were united by a desire to inform the international community about the history of one of the twentieth century’s most terrible human tragedies and by their realization of the importance of preserving its memory.

Vladyslav Hrynevych and Paul Robert Magocsi, eds.
Babyn Yar: History and Memory. – Kyiv: Dukh i Litera, 2016. – 328 p.

ISBN 978-966-378-470-0

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