This is my Grandmother with her friends in the photo taken about
1940. Granny was looking like a Jewish woman, but she is not
Jewish, our family is Kazan Tatars.
The Nazis had no time to guess who was a Tatar and who was a Jew.
If she wouldn't join the Red Army and would stay in Kiev, then
she might end up in this ravine with bullet in her head.
This is Old Woman Ravine, or Baby Yar in Russian.
It is a mass grave for more than 100.000 of victims of holocaust
written on tombstone. All have been shot right here in
1941-1943. It is where boys playing football. The capacity of
our central stadium is less than 100,000 and I believe, if the
boys would understood the history of the site, they would move
out and find some other place for football. They simply do not
They are unaware that their favorite soccer club Dynamo was sent
here in 1942. The old name for "Dynamo" was "Start", it used to
be ones of the best clubs in a Soviet Union, so they won several
games against German and Hungarian clubs and after defeating
Flakelf, some of German high rank millitary commanders went
angry and the Dynamo soccer team players were arrested and some
were sent to death at Baby Yar.
While Dynamo was the Soviet police NKVD team and would be sentenced to
death one way or another, the thousands of other victims have
been just a common, Jewish people, mostly women, children, their
grandparents.. The most terrible part of Baby Yar tragedy
happened in a first days of the occupation. People didn't know
what to expect from Nazis and thousands of Jewish people
gathered on the streets of Kiev with documents as they been
directed to bring. They thought, they would be either registered
or relocated or something else and on September 29, 1941 the
columns moved towards Old Woman Ravine... a big crowd have been
listening music while small groups taken down and shot. Mass
killing lasted 5 days, more then 30.000 of people died in first
two days and then 10.000 in each of the following days...
Everyone who visits this place and has a few minutes to think
comes to the same feeling, they start losing faith in people.