Kyiv - The Holocaust's Biggest Massacre. Babyn Yar.

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The Holocaust's Biggest Massacre. Babyn Yar.

Today, 12:30 PM
Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, Kyiv, Ukraine
45 mins

About the tour

Attention. This tour discusses topics of violence and may be distressing to some viewers. Unbelievable to imagine the horrors that took place at this park in Kyiv during World War 2. After the Nazis took Kyiv in 1941 they murdered 34,000 Jews at this site over the period of 2 days. Overall more than 100,000 people were killed there over the course of the war, primarily Jews, but also anyone who resisted the Nazis in any way. The energy is haunting. It was once said that not remembering the Holocaust means to side with the executioners against its victims; not to remember means to kill the victims a second time. On the other hand, to remember means to feel compassion for the victims. I was struggling and hesitant about where I should make this tour for 2 months. It’s not the usual fun and entertaining tour. It’s about atrocities that happened at this site 80 years ago. This tour is not only for the Jewish community, it’s for the people who seek the truth. So they too can commemorate the victims. So they too can learn to recognize tyranny. So they too can build a future where such atrocities exist only as a historical record on sites like this one. Over a two-day period, beginning on Sept. 29, 1941, almost the entire Jewish community of Kyiv was wiped out at a ravine on the outskirts of the city known as Babyn Yar. The Nazis shot the 34,000 Jews who had been unable to flee in advance of the Nazi onslaught two weeks earlier, and over the next two years more than 70,000 others, Roma, psychiatric patients and Ukrainian nationalists faced death here. Nowadays, nothing remains but a tranquil park with several monuments. We’ll see the following memorials dotted in this quiet park. Monument to children shot at Babyn Yar, Menorah Memorial, an audiovisual installation “Mirror Field”, a symbolic synagogue in the form of a folding book “A Place of Reflection”. Babyn Yar is moving and a compelling story...a lot of history and a reminder of the inhumanity of mankind.

Meet Olga Marvelous Kyiv

Olga Marvelous Kyiv

Olga is an enthusiastic and energetic guide. Being an avid traveler herself, Olga knows the best ways to show Kyiv as a hidden gem of Europe in a fun and engaging way. Her passion for culture, history, languages led the way to this amazing tour guiding calling. She is a professional tour guide in Kyiv, licensed by the Ukrainian Tourist Guide Association, speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian. She provides a bespoke, immersive experience that makes your tour in Kyiv truly memorable. Olga likes to enter the ancient churches or climb to the secret places for great views of Kyiv. Her unique collection of old traditional Ukrainian recipes makes her an expert in cooking Borsch, Varenyky (filled dumplings), and Chicken Kyiv.

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