Class Year

2018

Date

3-15-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

History

Second Department or Program

Philosophy

First Advisor

Janet McCracken

Second Advisor

Carol Gayle

Third Advisor

Chad McCracken

Abstract

This thesis investigates the Babi Yar massacre, the single largest mass shooting perpetrated by the Nazis in the Soviet Union. On 29-30 September 1941, almost all of Kiev’s Jews were killed at a wooded ravine outside Kiev. The Nazis tried to cover up the crime, and the Soviets denied Jews were the target of the massacre. Two decades later intellectual dissidents urged the Soviet regime to speak the truth about Babi Yar. But a Jewish monument wasn’t erected on the site until the U.S.S.R. fell. The massacre resists the usual faculties of mind; ultimately, I believe, it is un-cognizable. I will examine efforts to shape thinking about this monstrous deed by exploring how it was remembered and by whom. Additionally, I will discuss memory and how fighting for it is tantamount to the act of rescue.

Language

English

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