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Marking the Seventieth Commemoration of the Mass Murder at Babi Yar

By Lani Berman

Babi Yar, Ukraine.Babi Yar, Ukraine.

"No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A steep cliff only, like the rudest headstone.
… I’m every old man executed here,
As I am every child murdered here

September 28-29, 2011 marks the seventieth anniversary of the victims of Babi Yar. After capturing Kiev on September 19, 1941, the Germans rounded up the city’s Jewish population. In two days, the German mobile killing units (Einsatzkommando), and the German and Ukrainian police murdered 33,771 Jewish people in the Babi Yar ravine, located in northwestern Kiev.

This year, on October 3-4, 2011, to commemorate the mass murder, there will be a first-ever conference for ninety Ukrainian graduates of the International School for Holocaust Studies. The conference will be held in Kiev. This special conference is sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, and MK Yuli Edelstein will address the participants.

The program was organized by Yad Vashem in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, with assistance from the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science. Yad Vashem staff developed new pedagogical materials for the conference that will be modeled by Dr. Irit Abramsky and Noa Sigal. Selected graduates will present student projects they organized in follow-up to their studies at Yad Vashem. The program is scheduled to open with a Concert Gala in the National Opera House in Kiev, featuring Dmitriy Shostakovich’s “Symphony #13 – Babi Yar.”

[1] Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Babi Yar
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