Babi Yar
Visited 20 October 2012
Babi Yar
The memorial to the 33,771 Jews murdered by the Nazis over a period of 24 to 36 hours. Residents of the area later said they heard gunfire for hours. The number killed in that short period was found in Nazi records.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Behind the menorah lies the Babi Yar ravine. The bodies, some not yet dead, subsequently were covered with dirt. Soils samples revealed the human remains, but it was decided to leave the bodies where they were and not to disturb them further.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
"The voice of your brother's blood calls out to me from the earth."
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Presumably the stone on the other side says the same thing in Hebrew.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
A view down into the ravine. It is still almost canyon-size today.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Candles of remembrance had been placed by Jewish visitors along the top of the ravine.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Not far from the menorah, Grandma Bert photographed the cross placed in memory to two Orthodox priests murdered by the Nazis in November 1941.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Grandma's close-up of the plaque gives their names and the date, 6 September 1941.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Near the cross was this tiny church.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Several miles from the ravine at Babi Yar was the location of the concentration camp and the monument in the next photo. The wooden barracks where prisoners were held were located here.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Sadly, it was nearly totally dark by the time your grandparents saw the memorial to all the Ukrainians who were murdered or otherwise died in the camp at Babi Yar. Between the two, your grandmother got the picture that touched up best. A good photo of the memorial is at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/89/Babi_Yar_18.jpg/681px-Babi_Yar_18.jpg.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
"Here more than 100,000 citizens of Kiev and military personnel were shot by the Gernan-Fascist invaders in 1941-1943." Actually, the number was more like 200,000.
Babi Yar
Babi Yar
Monument to Tetyana Markus, a Jewish girl who killed a number of Nazis over several months before being captured and shot on 29 January 1943. She was 22 years old when she died.
Babi Yar
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