UJE Babyn Yar Symposium, Day 2

Discussions about the atrocities that occurred at Babyn Yar drew large audiences during the public symposium. The second day featured the presentation of a new book of essays called Babyn Yar: History and Memory. A panel featured the book’s co-editors and several of its authors. From left to right: Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi (co-editor), Dr. Ihor Shchupak, Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych (co-editor), Dr. Karel C. Berkhoff, Dr. Shimon Redlich, Dr. Norman Naimark.

September 29, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the murder of 34,000 Jews that occurred at Babyn Yar, a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Like Auschwitz in Poland, Babyn Yar in Ukraine has become a major symbol of the destruction of Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust.

From September 23-29, 2016, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, a Canada-based non-governmental organization, working in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress, Ukraine’s government, and other Ukrainian Jewish and diaspora organizations, sponsored a series of public events commemorating the atrocities that occurred at Babyn Yar. The events include a youth conference, a public symposium, a memorial space competition, and a commemorative concert.


The following is a video presentation of the second day of the public symposium, which took place in Kyiv on September 27, 2016.

Tuesday, September 27 2016

Public Symposium
(in English and Ukrainian)


Panel Discussion
“Babyn Yar in Personal Accounts”
Professor Gelinada Grinchenko (Ukraine)
Dr. Oleksandr Lysenko (Ukraine)
Anna Lenchovska (Ukraine)
Professor Guido Hausmann (Germany)
Professor Shimon Redlich (Israel)


Panel Discussion
“Babyn Yar in Literary Representations”
Larysa Denysenko (Ukraine)
Dr. Oleksii Kuznetsov (Russia)
Professor Iryna Zakharchuk (Ukraine)
Dr. Kiril Feferman (Israel)
Professor Frank Golczewski (Germany)


Panel Discussion
“Babyn Yar in Cinema, Music, and the Arts”  
Dr. Inessa Dvuzhylna (Belarus)
Dr. Boris Maftsir (Israel)
Valerii Teteriatnyk (Ukraine)
Professor Karel Berkhoff (Netherlands)
Andrii Kulikov (Ukraine)


Book Launch
Babyn Yar: History and Memory (Kyiv: Dukh i Litera, 2016)
Conversation with the authors and publisher
Leonid Finberg (Ukraine)
Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych (Ukraine)
Professor Paul Robert Magocsi (Canada)


The full conference program is here.