Video: Babyn Yar: Listening to the past
Babyn Yar, a ravine in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, was the site of massacres carried out by Nazi Germany's forces during its campaign against the Soviet Union in World War II. On 29–30 September 1941 alone, some 33,771 Jews were murdered there. Other victims of massacres at the site included Soviet prisoners of war, communists, and Romani people.
An expert panel gathered at the Lviv BookForum on 7 October 2023 to remember the tragedy and honor its victims. Also discussed was the new English-language book Babyn Yar: History and Memory, a collection of essays by a group of internationally renowned scholars who examine the treatment of Babyn Yar in culture, music, and the arts from Stalinist times to our own. Included in the volume are over 100 illustrations and two unique maps depicting the streets and the "Road to Death" that lead to the killing sites in the Babyn Yar ravine.
Babyn Yar: History and Memory is co-edited by Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych, Leading Scholar at the Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnic Studies, Ukraine.
The book can be ordered through the University of Toronto Press.
Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (Toronto, Canada, online);
Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine);
Dr. Igor Shchupak, Director of the Tkuma Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies; Member of the International Council of Auschwitz (Poland); Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (Dnipro, Ukraine);
Dr. Yehor Vradii, Assistant Director of the Tkuma Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies and of the Museum of Jewish Memory and the Holocaust (Dnipro, Ukraine).
Natalia A. Feduschak, Director of Communications, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter.
Oksana Forostyna, Europe's Futures Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (Kyiv, Ukraine).
Babyn Yar: Listening to the Past, Lviv BookForum, 7 October 2023, Lviv
Watch the video here.