Cover Osteuropa 1-2/2021

In Osteuropa 1-2/2021

Babi Yar
Mass murder on the city’s outskirts

Bert Hoppe

Deutsche Fassung


When the Germans captured Kyiv in September 1941, they had already expanded their anti-Semitic terror to a campaign of genocide against the Jews. In the Ukrainian capital, members of the SS unit and the police went about the mass murder with a chilling sense of routine, and as usual, in close cooperation and with the support the Wehrmacht. A few months later, the occupiers built a concentration camp directly next to the execution site. Before the Germans were forced to leave the city, the camp prisoners were forced to burn the corpses of the people who had been murdered there in the autumn of 1941 in order to wipe away any trace of the crime.

(Osteuropa 1-2/2021, pp. 5–22)