The tragedy of Babi Yar: the first “stumbling block” was installed in Kiev

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The first of 80 “stumbling blocks” in Kiev

In the near future, the German Embassy plans to install nine more such memorials, and over the next 70 years.

On the 80th anniversary tragedies at Babi Yar in the capital of Ukraine for the first time a “stumbling block” appeared – the object of the world’s largest decentralized memorial dedicated to the memory of people persecuted during the years of Nazism. On Thursday, September 30, a concrete cube with a brass plaque with the name of Lyudmila Tkach was mounted in the pavement near the house at 3 Frolovskaya Street, who in 1941, at the age of five, together with her mother, managed to escape from being shot in Babi Yar.

As the German Ambassador to Ukraine Anka Feldhusen told DW, 10 “stumbling blocks” are planned to be installed in Kiev in the near future, and within a few years their number is expected to reach 80. Detailed information about the fate of the people to whom they are dedicated, including photographs and archives materials will be posted on the site http://kyivstones.org.

The initiator of the project is the German Embassy

According to the German Embassy in Kiev, which initiated the “One Stone, One Life” project, the “stumbling blocks” set in the Ukrainian capital will be dedicated not only to the victims of the Holocaust, but also to those who managed to survive.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Ukrainian Center for the Study of the History of the Holocaust with the support of the Kiev City Administration and the Ukrainian branch of the Goethe Institute.

Stolpersteine ​​is a project by the Cologne artist Gunther Demnig, which began in 1993. It is dedicated not only to the victims of the Holocaust, but also to all people persecuted by the Nazis in 1933-1945 – Jews, Sinti and Roma, Resistance fighters, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, victims of euthanasia, etc. Similar signs have already been installed in many European countries, in particular in several Ukrainian cities: in Rivne, Chernivtsi and Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky.

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The tragedy of Babi Yar

During the Nazi occupation during the Second World War, tens of thousands of prisoners of war and civilians were killed in Babi Yar on the outskirts of Kiev. The number of victims, according to various estimates, ranged from 70 to 200 thousand people. In just two days, on September 29 and 30, 1941, more than 33 thousand Jews were shot in the Babiy Yar ravine.

A source: Russian service DW

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