NPR logo

Babi Yar

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Babi Yar

Babi Yar

Babi Yar

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Babi Yar is the name of a ravine in Kiev where tens of thousands of Jews were murdered by the Nazis in 1941. Twenty years later, after visiting the site, Evgeni Yevtushenko wrote a poem about the tragedy and about Russian anti-Semitism. His poem, in turn, inspired Dmitri Shostakovich to write a choral symphony - Number 13 - also titled Babi Yar. Now the poet is reading Babi Yar before a performance of the symphony by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Alex Van Oss reports.