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  • Moscow Jews Ask for Monument on ‘Babi Yar’; Hold Prayer for Israel

    A demand that monuments be erected over unmarked Jewish mass graves in the Soviet Union, like Kiev’s Babi Yar, where many thousands of Jews were murdered during the Nazi occupation, was voiced publicly in Moscow’s Central Synagogue, according to information received here today from the Soviet capital. The demand was advanced by Reb Gregory Manevich,… More ▸

  • Jewish Scholar Wins Award for Translating ‘Babi Yar’ Into Esperanto

    Top honors in the annual Esperanto literary competition have been voted to a Jewish scholar, Dr. Julius Balbin, for his translation of Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s famous poetic outburst against Russian anti-Semitism, "Babi Yar," it was announced here today by the Esperanto Information Center of New York. It was noted additionally that the prize was voted by… More ▸

  • Changes in Text of ‘Babi Yar’ Poem Please Moscow Audience

    Dimitri Shostakovitch’s 13th symphony, which initially was greeted by Soviet officialdom with disapproval, was lauded today in Moscow after its second performance following the changes made in the text of Babi Yar, the poem against Russian anti-Semitism which the composer incorporated in his symphony. The poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko is sung by a chorus during… More ▸

  • Yevtushenko Admits Making Changes in ‘Babi Yar’ Poem; Explains Act

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the Soviet poet, admitted today that he had made changes in his world-famous poem, Babi Yar, for political reasons because the West had used the poem for a propaganda effort to "pretend" that anti-Semitism was widespread in the Soviet Union. The poet came to Paris for a press conference held in connection with… More ▸

  • Soviet Poet Says His ‘Babi Yar’ Was Misunderstood in the West

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the young Soviet poet who attracted worldwide attention for his poem, Babi Yar, told a press conference here today that the meaning of the poem has been misunderstood in the West, which had hailed it as a denunciation of continuing anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union. He came here Friday for a two-week visit… More ▸

  • ‘Babi Yar’ Poem Against Anti-semitism in Russia is Popular in Poland

    "Babi Yar," the poem by Soviet poet Yevgeni Yevtushenko denouncing anti-Semitism, has been published in Poland in six different translations, Ida Kaminska, head of the Polish State Yiddish Theatre, reported here today. The Jewish actress from Poland, who arrived here with her actor husband Marian Melman and other members of her Yiddish troupe for a… More ▸

  • Retreating Nazi Armies Intensify Anti-Jewish Terror in Ukraine

    While the New Year finds thousands of Jews bravely fighting in the ranks of the Soviet Army in the front lines, ready to give their lives for the defense of their country and the defeat of Hitlerism, moving reports continue to reach here of the mass-murder of civilian Jews by the Nazis in occupied Soviet… More ▸

  • Nazis Execute 52,000 Jews in Kiev; Smaller Pogroms in Other Cities

    Fifty-two thousand Jews, including man, women and children, were systematically and methodically put to death in Kiev following the Nazi occupation of the Ukrainian capital, according to information received today by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency from an unimpeachable source. The details available here establish that the victims did not lose their lives as the result… More ▸