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Soviet Designs for Babi Yar Memorial Do Not Identify Victims As Jews

Ten designs for a memorial to be erected at Babi Yar, where between 70,000 and 100,000 Ukrainian Jews were massacred by the Nazi occupation forces during World War II, are on display in the Kiev Architects Club, the Soviet Embassy announced today.

In photographs of the proposed memorial designs made available here through the Novosti Press Agency, an official Soviet service, the victims of the massacre are not identified as Jews. One of the proposed designs has the words, “Babi Yar” carved on a stone in four languages, one of them Yiddish, but there is no indication that the Nazi victims the memorial was designed to commemorate were Jewish.

This design was described as the joint submission of three artists, A. Rybachuk, V. Melnichenko and A. Miletsky. Selection of the winning design is expected to be announced soon.