This eight-minute video delves into how elderly Jewish citizens in Ukraine threatened by the war with Russia are being evacuated to a most unlikely place: Germany.
In September 1941, as part of the Axis powers invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, German forces occupied Kyiv and encircled the Red Army. In response, the Soviets planted explosives around the city targeting German officials. Claiming retaliation, the German commanders then decided to exterminate the city’s Jewish population. Over 33,000 Jews were killed in the first two days of the massacre. In the following months, over 100,000 people were killed and buried in the Babyn Yar ravine just outside Kyiv. During the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Holocaust survivors and the Holocaust Memorial at Babyn Yar are threatened.
This film and lesson were produced in partnership with the WNET Exploring Hate Initiative and the Pulitzer Center.