Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of a Novel; New, Complete, Uncensored Version

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Macmillan, 1970 - Fiction - 477 pages

An internationally acclaimed documentary novel that describes one of the largest single mass executions of the Holocaust

"Everything in this book is true."

Anatoly Kuznetsov was a twelve-year-old living in Kiev, Ukraine, when the Germans occupied the city in 1941. His age allowed him to escape the notice of Nazi perpetrators and local collaborators as he observed the war crimes committed against Jews, Roma, Ukrainian nationalists, and Soviet prisoners of war. More than 33,700 people lost their lives in a two-day massacre, followed by as many as 66,000 over the next two years.

At fourteen, Kuznetsov began writing about what he had seen, later supplementing his manuscript with survivor and eyewitness testimony, supporting documents, and the efforts of the Soviet government to conceal any trace of the atrocities perpetrated at Babi Yar. The serialized book was published in the USSR only after extensive censorship, but Kuznetsov converted the original full text to film and smuggled it out of Russia when he defected.

Now restored to its original condition, Babi Yar offers a unique, multi-faceted perspective of some of the darkest days of the Holocaust, written by a surviving witness.

 

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Babi Yar is a ravine near the city of Kiev where the Nazis massacred thousands of Jews during World War II, primarily shooting them as they stood naked on the edge of the ravine. The author was a 12 ... Read full review

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Babi Yar was included on so many Top 100 lists that I was intrigued, and I can't say I was disappointed in the book, but it wasn't the gripping expose I'd expected. The free-flowing structure makes ... Read full review

Contents

Ashes
13
The End of Soviet Rule
21
Lootings a Lot of Fun But You Have to Know How
32
A Word from the Author
63
The Kreshchatik
76
The Order
88
Babi Yar
99
A Chapter of Reminiscences
120
Off to Germany
256
A Word From the Author
262
Excessively Clever People are Enemies
274
Potatoes in Flower
280
A Legend and the Truth
289
The System
296
AntiNazi
311
To Kill a Fish
321

A Chapter of Original Documents
149
Burning the Books
157
Go Into Business
166
Kharkov Falls
172
A Beautiful Spacious Blessed Land
186
The KievPechersk Monastery
194
Night
202
Man Lives to Eat
209
Enemies of the People
218
Business Becomes Dangerous
230
Death
237
Hitlers Birthday
249
A Chapter of Original Documents
327
How to Turn a Horse into Sausages
337
Cannibals
347
Escape from Silence
357
The Final Phase 37
370
A Word from the Author
389
War of the Worlds
408
How Many Times Should I Be Shot?
419
A Chapter From the Future
448
La Commedia e Finita
462
Getting Rid of the Ashes
468
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Anatoly Kuznetsov (1929-1979) was a Soviet writer best known for Babi Yar, a documentary novel that described his experiences as a child in German-occupied Kiev, Ukraine and his observations of the massacres that took place nearby. As an adult, chafing under Soviet censorship, Kuznetsov defected from the Soviet Union and continued to publish under the pseudonym A. Anatoli.

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