Babi Yar

Babi Yar Babi Yar A Document in the Form of a Novel is an internationally acclaimed documentary novel by Anatoly Kuznetsov about the Babi Yar massacre The two day murder of Jewish civilians on September

  • Title: Babi Yar
  • Author: Anatoli Kuznetsov David Floyd
  • ISBN: 9780671451356
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • Babi Yar A Document in the Form of a Novel is an internationally acclaimed documentary novel by Anatoly Kuznetsov about the Babi Yar massacre The two day murder of 33,771 Jewish civilians on September 29 30, 1941 in the Kiev ravine was one of the largest single mass killings of the Holocaust.The novel begins as follows Everything in this book is true When I recountedBabi Yar A Document in the Form of a Novel is an internationally acclaimed documentary novel by Anatoly Kuznetsov about the Babi Yar massacre The two day murder of 33,771 Jewish civilians on September 29 30, 1941 in the Kiev ravine was one of the largest single mass killings of the Holocaust.The novel begins as follows Everything in this book is true When I recounted episodes of this story to different people, they all said I had to write the book The word document in the subtitle of this novel means that I have provided only actual facts and documents without the slightest literary conjecture as to how things could or must have happened.

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    1. If I could change one thing about this book, I would wish it to be fiction.I read D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel in college, in which an execution is described based on the true tale of Babi Yar. When I saw a tattered paperback of Babi Yar at a secondhand shop, I picked it up and it sat on my shelf for years.It tells the story of the Nazi occupation of Kiev from the point of view of the author, who does his best to recapture his 12-year-old innocence (hiding with his cat in the bomb shelter, the [...]

    2. One of the greatest crimes in History made into an eternal document through masterful technique, blending personal experience, reportage, survivor testimonies, and so on. May such books never have to be written.*Holodomor (a poem)1.The paleness of the starvedreached incandescence.In a cauldron, a ten year old hand.In Moscow the wife kills herselfand the sky is painted in bands of red.He does think, he does,whether an idea can be pyrhhic.'What does this country need, comrades?'Comrades this count [...]

    3. This book is brilliant -- by far a top-tier Holocaust book and World War II book in general. The author was a boy of twelve when the Nazi occupation of Kiev began, and began recording his experiences then; these jottings were part of the basis for this book, which is both a memoir and a documentary nonfiction.Although the story centers around the September 1941 mass murder of some 33,000 Jews at Babi Yar, a ravine outside Kiev, that's not all this story is. Kuznetsov's writing encompasses far mo [...]

    4. Wow, this book is insane. Very well written. I am surprised it hasn't been reprinted since the 1970s. It's about the Nazi invasion into Kiev and their 2 year takeover of the city. Babi Yar was a ravine near the city where 70,000 Jews were murdered and 100s of thousands other people as well. The Nazis tried to cover it up by burning everything then the Soviet Union tried to cover it up by building a dam over it. The author is a 12 year old boy when the Nazis invade. The writing is very thorough a [...]

    5. "Babi Yar" is a monumental book. For those who have never heard the name before, it refers to a natural landmark ravine in the Ukraine, which in World War Two was the  location of a brutal execution site. In the most notorious of its purges, during just two days in 1941, over 33,000 Jews were killed by the occupying Nazi forces and local police collaborators. For nearby towns, the sound of gunfire became a daily soundtrack. The author of this documentary work was a boy at the time of the execut [...]

    6. Це унікальна книга, одна з найкращих серед тих, що я читала. Цю книгу обов'язково варто прочитати усім, хто живе в Києві та любить це місто, хто цікавиться його історією та історією нашої країни в 20-му столітті. Ця унікальна книга написана на основі спостережень, які зробив ав [...]

    7. I've never liked nonfiction books. I always liked reading about things that could only happen in a dream or in my imagination. That might be why I love this book so much; it sounds like something that happened in a nightmare. I chose to read this book for some insight on my research project on Babi Yar. I didn't have time to read the whole thing so I read thoroughly the first half and then skimmed the second half in one day. I have never abused a reading of a book like "Babi Yar" before. Even as [...]

    8. Отличная историческая книга, описывающая все ужасы войны, глазами обыкновенного 12-ти летнего мальчика и его семье, оставшихся в оккупированном Киеве в течении двух лет. Описано много документальных фактов, которые в советское время в лучшем случае умалчивались, а то и сов [...]

    9. "Suddenly we realized we were walking on human ashes." Always a good sentence to read. The book gets very dark, very quickly. Definitely a page turner. I'd recommend it highly, justke yourself a cup of tea or something afterwards.

    10. Found this while snooping around in my dad's closet when I was about thirteen. Could have come upon something worse, I guess. Something less appropriate for a girl of my age. I read it and returned it and my dad was none the wiser. I, on the other hand, was a changed person.

    11. "No monument stands over Babi Yar/a drop sheer as a crude gravestone, I am afraid." These lines were written by the great Russian poet Yevgeny Yevteshenko in 1961, 40 years after the Nazis -- over a period of two days in September 29-30, 1941 -- murdered 30,000 Jews in Kiev. They were ordered to report to a street corner with their IDs and warm clothing after the German Army occupied the city. They were then taken to Babi Yar, and systematically shot and shoved, dead or alive, into a huge ravine [...]

    12. I read this book as research as it is the one of the only pieces of evidence that aktion 1005's sondercommandos attempted to erase the mass graves at babi yar. the sections of the book that cover that topic are as hard a thing to read as you could find. There are two small sections of the book that specifically deal with these mass killings- the first is the re-telling of the only known survivor of the mass executions, and no summary can do it justice. The second section deals with aktion 1005 a [...]

    13. This book is a very stark portrayal of just how horrible the 20th century was. It's hard to understand just how so many sadists managed to take over so much of the world, between Stalin and Hitler and the millions who supported their twisted regimes. The truth about how Khreshchatyk was blown up in WWII (ny the NKVD, of course), as well as the Lavra, and how all this sabotage killed way more civilians than German forces, and how this diabolically organized sabotage turned the Germans against the [...]

    14. I read this book after we visited Kiev and went to Babi Yar, where there are several monuments to the people massacred there, starting with 30,771 Jews over two days in September.The author, who was 12 (and not Jewish) when the Germans entered Kiev, is adamant that people need to know what it was like to live in Ukraine during the German occupation. He was eye witness to many of the events which took place. He also includes eye witness reports of others who survived the atrocities. The book was [...]

    15. I first read Babi Yar as a teenager, maybe for school? I always hate to say that I "enjoyed" a book about something as horrific as the Holocaust, but I did enjoy reading the book back then. I recently got a box of books about the Holocaust & have been slowly going through them, separating the ones I wanted to read or reread from the rest. I decided to reread Babi Yar. It's a very honest & blunt look at the horror of the event. I don't remember it being so slow-going when I read it the fi [...]

    16. One of the best books I have ever read. I have always been very interested in books dealing with the Holocaust - I think it is the demonstration of the lengths to which the human spirit can be pushed - both the very best and the very worst. Though this book has stayed with me for years and I can see the passages on the pages, I've never been able to bring myself to read it again. The warmth the author gives as he weaves his story of wonder, chance, love and darkness is haunting.

    17. This book is very well written by a man who as a boy witnessed the slaughter of Jews, gypsies, communists and whoever else the Germans wanted dead in Kiev. It also showed the horror of German occupation. The author was unable to write this book while he was behind the Iron Curtain because he was very critical of the communist government. The book tells it as it was and is often difficult t5o read without tearing up.

    18. Anatoly (aka Kuznetsov) was a boy of 12-13, growing up in Kiev, when the Germans invaded in 1941. His memoir encompasses the massacres in Babi Yar, as well as a day-by-day account of life under the Nazis for poor people like his family. It is absolutely fascinating in itself. Plus, this is the "new [in 1970], complete, uncensored version." Here's what that means: The book was first published in the Soviet Union in 1966, heavily censored. In 1969 the author escaped to the West & smuggled out [...]

    19. My uncle gave me this book many years ago and I read it then - I think it was sometime in the late 1980's. Very moving and horrible and informative. I think the edition I have shows how the book was originally written as well as the highly censored version of the book that was first published in Russia.

    20. The author lived through two years in Nazi-ocupied, war-beseiged Kiev. Babi Yar is the ravine where 200,000 people were killed and buried, the first 50,000 of them Jews. What strikes me most about the Nazi approach was how completely the population was categorized. No one escaped being given an assigned fate. No one escaped punishment. Such dehumanization for everyone!

    21. The value of this account is less in creating an accurate narrative than the personal experience and wisdom related by the author. Strange that in 2017 his warnings and message about fascism still seems relevant.

    22. Not really able to rate as it is an historical text about a terrible real life event that was not five star. The content is clearly presented and in depth. One more reciting of horrors of pogroms and genocide.

    23. Очень спорная книга. Автор выступает якобы и против большевиков, и против нацистов. Но факты в книге не сходятся с реальностью. Допустим, написано: "Очередь на расстрел проходила очень медленно. По N человек за N времени". Точные числа я уже забыл, но помню, что по элементарным [...]

    24. Harrowing but heartfelt - the 'documentary novel' is all based of factual information, and the core chapters follow a young boy living in Kiev during the German occupation. Babi Yar reveals itself as one of the biggest hidden displays of organised human brutality in a often ignored corner of holocaust history. Brilliantly translated.

    25. This is the story of the Nazi occupation of Kiev. Kuznetsov subtitles the book a "documentary novel". I'm not really what makes this a novel or how it differs from any number of other personal narratives of the war. He tells us what he did, what happened to him, and relates the stories of some people he met. I can't think of any other novels that have end notes.He sets the tone in the first few pages with a few paragraphs that happen at the end - he meets some goatherds in the ravine at Babi Yar [...]

    26. The introduction to this book called it a Russian version of "The Diary of Anne Frank." I disagree. This is not a diary, and it doesn't even try to present itself in diary form. It does primarily recount the point of view of the author (Kuznetsov) but there are quite a few inserted chapters, where he recounts stories told to him by other survivors. He also puts in information from leaflets, pamphlets, newspapers, and other print sources like that. This was a great book - it's depressing, but not [...]

    27. When you have an author who was 12 years old when his city was occupied by the Nazis on 21 September 1941, you know he has an impactful story to say.This is his tale of survival during the midst of the mass killings in Babi War, a ravine where the Germans executed 30,000+ Jewish citizens. It doesn't stop there as they continue their reign of horror by killing human beings as they pleased. The author escaped the forced deportation for slave labour to Germany, fled from hunger, cannibalism and the [...]

    28. This was the first book about the Holocaust I ever read; I picked it up off my mother’s bedside table & didn’t tell her I had read it until years later. Turns out my father was stationed in Germany after the war, and my mother had little to do so she started reading about the Holocaust in the base’s library. She was horrified by the casual attitude of the Germans she met, all of whom declared they had known nothing. And so, our house was always filled with books on the Holocaust as she [...]

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