Rabbi Baruh from Kiev, Ukraine prayed for the victims of Babi Yar in memory of the 100,000 to 150,000 victims murdered by the Nazis. Ukraine. 20th September 2011
Rabbi Prays at Babi Yar
During World War II (The Great Patriotic War), the Nazis occupied Kiev, Ukraine on September 19, 1941. Five days later, a huge explosion destroyed the Continental Hotel, the headquarters of the German Rear Area Command of the VI Army. Hundreds of German troops died in fighting the fires that spread in the center of Kiev leaving over 25,000 people homeless. In retaliation, on September 29 and 30, 1941, the Nazis murdered 33,771 Jews in the Babi Yar ravine.
Over the next two years of the Nazi occupation of Kiev, thousands more were seized and taken to Babi Yar where they were shot. It is estimated that over 100,000 - 150,000 Jews, Soviet POWs, communists, Gypsies (Roma), Ukrainian nationalists, civilian hostages, partisans, and others were murdered by the Nazis at Babi Yar.
Two hours before an inter-church memorial service, entitled "Remember to Live," Rabii Baruh of Kiev, Ukraine prayed for the victims of Babi Yar at various spots of the memorial complex at Babi Yar. Kiev, Ukraine. 20 September 2011.