“Babi Yar: Faces and Fates; 75th Anniversary of the Tragedy,” is in remembrance of the mass extermination of Jews in Kiev, Ukraine, on September 29 - 30, 1941. Kiev is documented as one of the cities targeted by the Nazis for "the final solution of the Jewish question.” All Jews were killed regardless of age, sex, health or social status. The victims were schoolchildren, infants, elderly people, pregnant women, professors, doctors, violinists, teachers and others. A huge ravine at the outskirts of Kiev became the scene of the mass execution by the Einsatzgruppen C that during the first two days killed 33,771 persons.
The exhibition consists of eight panels, beginning with Jewish life in Kiev for ten centuries, their contribution to the city’s history and visage, and the structure of Kiev’s population on the eve of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941. Additional panels highlight the first days of the war, the public mood in the city, and the events leading up to the massacre. The Babi Yar executions under Nazi occupation continued for two years, ending with the liberation of Kiev in November, 1943. Only a handful of Jews survived due to friends and relatives who managed to acquire fake IDs to prove their “racial purity” and by others who protected them in hiding.