Soviet Union: Postscript to Babi Yar

Everything screams in silence.

—Evgeny Evtushenko, Babi Yar

In 36 bloody hours at Babi Yar, a deep ravine outside Kiev, Hitler's special commandos 28 years ago last week coldly machine-gunned 34,000 Jews. The massacre has become a symbol not only of Nazi persecution but also of the status of the Soviet Union's 3,000,000 Jews, who are discriminated against in most areas of Soviet life. Soviet his tories all but ignore the tragedy. Only a simple stone marks the grass-covered site, and it says simply that "victims of fascism" lie below. The Jewish identity of the victims was not even mentioned at...

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