"Hitler killed the Jews of Kyiv, and Stalin destroyed the memory of them," historian Anatolii Podolskyi
Today is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the mass shootings in Babyn Yar. On this day, the first victims of the Nazi policy of extermination were killed in Kyiv; it was almost 34,000 Kyiv Jews.
During 1941-1943, Babyn Yar became the grave of about 100,000 people: Jews, Roma, Red Army prisoners, psychiatric hospital patients, civilian hostages, Ukrainian nationalists, Soviet guerrillas, prisoners of the Syrets concentration camp.
According to the latest sociological research, almost half of Ukrainians don't know where Babyn Yar is, the site of mass shootings by Hitler's troops. Why did this happen? What do we know and what do we not know about the tragedy in Babyn Yar? Has Ukraine done enough to honor the memory of the victims of the tragedy? We're looking for answers to these and other questions together with Anatolii Podolskyi, a historian, director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, and a leading researcher at the Kuras Institute for Political and Ethnonational Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.