Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Second Department or Program
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.
Goldstein, Matthew Joshua, "The Babi Yar Massacre: Memorialization, Memory, and the Act of Rescue" (2018). Senior Theses.
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