Babi Yar

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.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.