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    Babi Yar

    Babi Yar

    Today marked the 70th commemoration of the Nazi massacre of 33,771 Jews in September 1941 at the Ukrainian ravine at Babi Yar.

    I visited the site in 1978, at which point a monument had been erected at the site.

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1961 poem, which was not officially published in the Soviet Union for over 20 years, is as powerful now as it was then:

    No monument stands over Babi Yar.
    A steep cliff only, like the rudest headstone.
    I am afraid.
    Today, I am as old
    As the entire Jewish race itself.

    The rest of the poem is at the link.


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    BannedbytheGuardian | October 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    WarEagle – Can’t you just keep it to BabiYar today?


    LukeHandCool | October 4, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I’ve read extensively about WWII. Every day I try to take a minute and think about something like Babi Yar. It sure puts life in perspective. We have a duty to be happy and to do our utmost to make sure America stays strong and prosperous.

    Vascaino | October 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    The WWII allegiance against Hitler only came about after operation Barbarossa.
    During the 30s Stalin helped Hitler re-arm, which seems to have been missed by most people.

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