. . . about little things, and the Big . . .
Yevtushenko's poem commemorates the massacre committed by the Nazi Einsatzgruppe during World War II at Babi Yar, in a ravine located within the present-day Ukrainian capital of Kiev. In just one of these atrocities – taking place over September 29–30, 1941 – Jewish men, women and children numbering 33,771 were killed in a single Einsatzgruppe operation.http://remember.org/witness/babiyarRead the poem Babi Yar in English Translation
I found out about Yevtushenko's passing from one of my past students, Nancy Leff , from the the then Point Park College in Pittsburgh who remembered me reading this poem to the class. Then I took a book of Yevtushenko's poems down off my shelf that a former student, Steven Tatrai, had given me when I left the college.
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