‘The Corpses in the Ravine Were Women, Men, and Children’: Written Testimonies from 1941 on the Babi Yar Massacre

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Abstract

This research note brings to light important primary sources on Babi Yar: two testimonies written for the NKVD in 1941 by non-Jewish Soviet citizens who had spent time in occupied Kiev. Although problematic in various ways, these testimonies offer details not found elsewhere about the murder of Kiev's Jews. The research note also traces how subsequent NKVD reports and Soviet press articles used the two documents. This close examination reveals editorial cuts, additions, and other changes—and, in one case, a lack of concern with accuracy even when the NKVD passed on the information in a classified report for Stalin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-274
Number of pages24
JournalHolocaust and Genocide Studies
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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