The Massacre of Babi Yar…

Welcome to the Modern Typewriter, a daily blog to discuss topics that can’t be answered easily, or are just some fun topics! Today is June 27th, 2008, I’m Royce, and I’m here to talk to you about the single most bloodiest shooting of the Holocaust.

At a ravine called Babi Yar in Kiev, Ukraine, the most ruthless shooting massacre occurred over the course of two days in September 1941.

When a series of explosions and fires occurred, and killed many German soldiers and destroyed army headquarters, the Jews were blamed.

A notice appeared announcing that all Jews were to report for resettlement, under a penalty of death. More than 33,000 victims were marched into the Jewish cemetery. From there, they marched in small groups to the ravine called Babi Yar.

Their clothing was taken, and they were ordered to lie down in the ravine. Each and almost every one was shot in the back of the head by Nazi perpetrators. 33,771 victims were killed.

Mercy was not given for the elderly, women, or even children. Some shot at Babi Yar were even as young as seven years old. The Nazis thought it especially important to murder children, who represented, the Future of the Jewish ‘Race’.

One survivor later recalled being buried under “a stack of warm, bloody bodies”.

“It is just terrible to think that such a horrific thing could have happened, but it did, these people were murdered. Those children killed didn’t get to live their life freely.” says Karina, a writer at the Modern Typewriter.

“Just to imagine what was going through the minds of the victims before they were shot is probably ‘what am I going to do? I failed to protect my children, and my family.’ The only thing I would be able to think of would be to pray and hope for the best.” says Rochester, another writer at the Modern Typewriter.

Remember, I’m Royce, and this is the Modern Typewriter, OUT!

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