Today is the Day of Remembrance of the Victim of Babyn Yar – one of the most important symbols of the Holocaust.
For two days, September 29-30, 1941, the first mass shooting of unarmed civilians was carried out in Nazi-occupied Kyiv, Ukrinform reported.
In total, from September 29 to October 11, 1941, the SS killed almost the entire Jewish population of the city – more than 50 men, women and children. In the first two days of the shootings alone, about 34,000 people were built. On October 1, 2, 8 and 11 – about 17 thousand more people.
The two-and-a-half-kilometer-long Babin Yar-Balka in northwestern Kyiv, which in some places reached a depth of 50 meters, was chosen as the site of the mass shootings. The directions of the street were arranged by the gate, through which people passed groups of 30-40 people. Previously, they were forced to undress, take away their personal belongings, and then chased the victims with batons to passages in violence at the edge of the ravine. Machine gunners sat on the opposite side. The bodies of the shot rolled down the slope to the bottom. After the ditch was filled with 2-3 layers of bodies, the ground was sprinkled on top of them.
In total, during the Second World War in Babyn Yar, according to various estimates, from 100 to 150 people – Jews, Roma, Karaites, Soviet prisoners of war, members of the Ukrainian national-political resistance movement, the needs of psychological clinics and other national social groups involved in the occupation. considered “superfluous”.
On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victim of Babyn Yar, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov addressed Ukrainians.
Appeal published by the press service of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrinform reports.
“More than the tragedy of Babyn Yar to this day echoes in the hearts of many. After all, thousands of citizens of different nationalities became victims of the shootings: Jews, Ukrainians, Roma and others. We cannot change history, but we can and must not forget the dead. After all, we leave their memory, as long as they live in our hearts… Eternal memory of all those who died in Babyn Yar, “Razumkov said.
He invites citizens to make every effort, but does not allow such terrible events to happen again in the future.
According to Ukrinform, it is noticed that the memorial events in connection with the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the mass shootings in Babyn Yar are spread due to the symbolic inflammation on the morning of September 29, by high-ranking officials who are in memory of the burning fire. twice a day to visit the dead Kyivans and prisoners of war. After that, the memory of the victim of Babyn Yar will be involved in the participation of the main churches, representatives of Orthodox and Jewish religious organizations, the public, charitable organizations, features of international officials, high-ranking foreign guests.