Babi Yar The Names Project #ukraine #holocaust #names

Jan Meisels Allen








Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) is a ravine outside the Ukrainian city of Kyiv (Kiev) where Einsatzgruppen mobile squads killed at least 34,000 Jews over a one week period in September 1941. Jews were marched in small groups to the Babi Yar ravine to the north of the city, ordered to strip naked, and then machine-gunned into the ravine. The massacre ended on September 30, and the dead and wounded alike were covered over with dirt and rock.


Between 1941 and 1943, between 70, 000 and 100,000 at Babi Yar (Babyn Yar) were shot by the Nazis ,including the entire Jewish population of Kiev, thousands more Jews, Soviet officials, and Russian prisoners of war were executed. As the German armies retreated from the USSR, the Nazis attempted to hide evidence of the massacres by exhuming the bodies and burning them in large pyres. Numerous eyewitnesses and other evidence, however, attest to the atrocities at Babi Yar, which became a symbol of Jewish suffering in the Holocaust. (


An international foundation was established to support the creation of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. It has a museum, research institutes, a library and an archive.  Included in the online museum are a list of names of Babyn Yar victims which anyone can help by adding a name. Currently, there are over 18, 300 names. See: and a link for people to add names


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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