In 2006, at a reading in Kiev to mark the sixty-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe, Yevtushenko admitted that, contrary to common opinion, he was "no pioneer of the Babi Yar
And here in Babi Yar
, before the German or Ukrainian guards discharged their machine guns, those taken there--so different from each other, those who hated each other or had been indifferent to each other--all of a sudden, in the twinkling of a moment, may have come together in death.
During the German occupation, Jews were deported to death camps or shot en masse, as in Babi Yar
, not only by Nazis but by their Ukrainian neighbors.
Robert Taubman characterized the portrayal of sex in the novel as having "the unconvincing look of pornography" (18), while Harriett Gilbert provided the anecdotal testimony of her Jewish dentist, who perceived the book's description of the Babi Yar
massacre "as a pornographic insult to those whom the Nazis butchered there" (26).
Her father participated in the massacre at Babi Yar
, while her uncle worked as a guard at Treblinka.
A solemn monument now stands at the ravines in Babi Yar
to serve as a reminder of what happened there.
People knew about Babi Yar
before Yevtoshenko's poem, but they were silent.
True enough, but this does not reduce the reality of those unambiguously evil acts associated with the names Auschwitz, Babi Yar
, Sand Creek, Bataan, My Lai, and many others.
Dmitry Shlapentokh offers "Documentation" of his return to Russia and a visit to Babi Yar
, the site of one of the many gruesome Nazi atrocities during World War II.
(No 13) with bass soloist and unison mens' ' chorus (the Liverpool Phil tenors and basses augmented by those of the Huddersfield Choral Society), intones the eventually politically revised poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, commemorating the Nazi massacre of Jews near Kiev.
Particular attention was paid to the preparation for the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar
tragedy, which will be marked next year in Kyiv at the international level.
This 35,000 being in addition to 15,665 Ukrainian uniformed police and 55,094 Ukrainian rural policemen collaborating in places like Babi Yar