Babi Yar: Images of a Tragedy

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.

(Photographer Unknown) – Babi Yar Massacre

Anna Ginsberg, age 3, one of the thousands of children slaughtered at Babi Yar:

(Photographer Unknown) – Anna Ginsberg, age 3, executed at Babi Yar

Mania Halef was another:

(Photographer Unknown) – Mania Halef, executed at Babi Yar

This monument to the children killed at Babi Yar rests near the Dorohozhychi subway station in Kiev, Ukraine:

Artist Unknown - Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (1)

Artist Unknown – Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (1)

Artist Unknown - Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (2)

Artist Unknown – Monument to the Children Killed at Babi Yar, Kiev, Ukraine (2)

Artist Unknown - (Title Unknown) (Babi Yar statue)

Artist Unknown – (Title Unknown) (Babi Yar statue)

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 - The Babi Yar Massacre (detail)

Cindy Jackson – The Babi Yar Massacre (detail)

Wikipedia: Babi Yar

Wikipedia: Babi Yar memorials

Cindy Jackson Sculpture (Official Site)