Friday, September 29, 2006

I was in Babiy Yar yesterday, briefly. A few photos, nothing special, are here, a Global Voices translation here. Eavesdropped on an elderly Odesa man telling some woman why Jews lay stones, not flowers, on their graves. The menorah monument is well-hidden - I remember we couldn't find it in 1995, and it took me a while to find it this time. I haven't been to Babiy Yar since then. There're fights going on about building a decent memorial there, I heard - I don't understand why a makeshift football field and a huge unfinished construction are better... It's horrible to walk through the park, past all the young mamas with strollers, after re-reading about the massacre. And to see kids playing near the monument to the children who died there...

1 comment:

  1. I have heard and read about these people for years. It is a pity that more of the world has not heard about them. I tell my friends about this and they have no idea where and when it happened.