Current research

The story of the wartime murders at the Babi Yar ravine (Kiev, Ukraine) and the post-war obliteration of the killing and burial ground.

Babi Yar

Researcher: dr. Karel Berkhoff
Duration: 2011-2016
Intended publication: monograph

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The largest single Nazi shooting of Jews in the Soviet Union took place on 29 and 30 September 1941 on the western outskirts of Kiev at the Babi Yar ravine

Babi Yar is also Ukraine’s largest mass grave of victims of the Nazis. After the main massacre in September 1941 the SS and German police, while they were there, continued to kill there.

Almost all of the Soviet Communist officials who returned in November 1943 disrespected the human remains interred at Babi Yar, and they refused to state that the victims of the main massacre perpetrated there had been Jews, killed simply because they were Jews.

Today, the site is largely covered with a park, apartments, and traffic.

The book will describe and analyse: 

  • how the murders were organised and perpetrated
  • how the victims and others nearby responded
  • how the murders were reported—secretly and publicly; by Germans, Soviet intelligence, and others; both at the time and in subsequent years
  • how the terrain was treated by the Nazis, the Soviet regime, and Ukraine’s post-Soviet authorities