Babi Yar was the single largest on-site mass execution in the entire span of the Third Reich, with over 33,000 Jews—and possibly as many as 100,000 people altogether—being murdered by Nazi Sonderkommando and SS soldiers over a two-day period. Children, of course, were not spared in this operation. Photographs, many taken by the Nazis themselves, document this horrific event, and several monuments and memorials, including many near the site itself, stand as somber and sober reminders of the depths of human depravity.
Here we see several women and little girls, awaiting their turn to be shot. It is truly chilling to look at such photos, knowing that only moments from this point in time everyone in this photo will be cruelly murdered.
Anna Ginsberg, age 3, one of the thousands of children slaughtered at Babi Yar:
Mania Halef was another:
This monument to the children killed at Babi Yar rests near the Dorohozhychi subway station in Kiev, Ukraine:
A detail of the maquette of Cindy Jackson’s massive monument, which is currently under construction (you can read about it at her site):
Cindy Jackson Sculpture (Official Site)