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Babyn Yar: Ukrainian Poets Respond
March 8 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: K-354 CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
In Person and Online
Ostap Kin, editor and translator
John Hennessy, translator
Moderated by Oleh Kotsyuba, Manager of Publications, HURI
On September 29 and 30, 1941, Nazis executed 33,771 Kyivan Jews by machine gun at a ravine near Babyn Yar. By the time the Soviet army recaptured Kyiv, some 100,000 to 150,000 had been exterminated at the ravine. The name of Babyn Yar is now synonymous with one of the most horrific massacres of World War II. Babyn Yar: Ukrainian Poets Respond presents poems by Ukrainian Jewish and non-Jewish poets of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, written in response to the tragic and senseless mass murders at Babyn Yar.
Babyn Yar editor and translator Ostap Kin and translator John Hennessy join us for a discussion of the Babyn Yar massacre and their new book (forthcoming from HURI), which presents this collection of poems in the original Ukrainian and English translation. In addition to offering historical background about the massacre, they will read several selections and discuss the poems and art of translation.