The World: Silence at Babi Yar

No monument stands over Babi Yar; A drop sheer as a crude gravestone. —Yevgeni Yevtushenko, Babi Yar.

For three decades poets, writers, musicians and at least one politician in the Soviet Union have called for a monument to be built at Babi Yar, a desolate ravine near Kiev that is a worldwide symbol of Jewish martyrdom. There, on Sept. 29-30, 1941, a 150-man SS extermination team assembled the Jews of the German-occupied capital of the Ukraine, stripped them naked, lined them up on the edge of the ravine and machine-gunned them. Children were thrown into the ravine alive. The team halted only...

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