Babi Yar
(3,390 words)

Ravine near Kiev and scene of the first major massacre by German Einsatzgruppen on Soviet soil in September 1941, in which over 33,000 Jews were shot over the course of two days. Babi Yar is also the title of a 1961 poem by the writer Yevgeny Yevtushenko, which identifies the massacre as a blind spot in Soviet memorial culture regarding World War II. Reactions to the poem reflect t…

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Olaf Terpitz, Leipzig, “Babi Yar”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 19 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0067>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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