Babi Yar Poster

Parking: Please park in Charles River (J) Lot (off of South Street).  A shuttle will be available from J Lot to Usdan from 1:30-6:30pm.

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
2:00 – 6:00 pm
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

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 explores 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.


2:00 pm: ChaeRan Freeze (Brandeis University)
Karel Berkhoff (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies)
“Babi Yar 70 Years Later: The State of Knowledge”
“1” (Untitled), Ilya Ehrenburg,
read by David Benger and Marsha Lyulyeva
Gennady Estraikh (New York University)
“Resistance and Kiddush Hashem: The Soviet Yiddish Press on Babi Yar”
4:00 pm:  Break
“Babi Yar,” Yevgeni Yevtushenko,
read by Karina Gaft and Nera Lerner
Alice Nakhimovsky (Colgate University)
“Courage and Concealment in Artistic Responses to Babi Yar”
Olga Litvak (Clark University)
“Sarabande, Suite No. 2,” Johann Sebastian Bach,
performed by Ali Fessler

Presented by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

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

Free and open to the public.

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