Yom HaShoah post: Shostakovich, 13th Symphony, “Babi Yar”

Tonight and tomorrow until sundown, Israelis and by many Jews abroad mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day).

On September 29–30, 1941, an Einsatzkommando shot 33,771 Jews in a ravine named “Babi Yar” outside Kiev.

Dimitri Shostakovich wrote his 13th symphony in B flat minor, “Babi Yar” in commemoration of the victims. He used texts by the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko for the vocal sections.

Below is a YouTube of the first ten minutes of this long work. The Russian texts are subtitled in English.

As for the victims, HaShem yikom damam.

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