Babi Yar in History and Memory:
Seventy Years after a Mass Murder

Wednesday, October 5
2.00 - 6:00 p.m.
Usdan, International Lounge
Free and open to the public

Babi Yar was the name of a ravine on the outskirts of Kiev where the single largest mass murder of Soviet Jews occurred on September 29-30, 1941.  This symposium explored four aspects of the event through different lenses:

  • Babi Yar in history,
  • Soviet responses to Babi Yar after the reoccupation of Kiev by the Red Army,
  • representations of Babi Yar in Jewish literature, and
  • its symbolic meaning for the Russian intelligentsia.
Karel C. Berkhoff, University of Amsterdam
Gennady Estraikh, New York University
ChaeRan Freeze, Brandeis University
Olga Litvak, Clark University
Alice Nakhimovsky, Colgate University

"Babi Yar" - Yevgeni Yevtushenko poem read by BGI Fellows Karina Gaft and Nera Lerner.

Presented by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.

Cosponsored by the the Brandeis –Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness, and the Brandeis Russian Club.