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On September 25, 1941 thousands of Jews were summoned by Nazi authorities to the corner of Melnikova and Degteryevska Streets. They asked to have with them their documents, valuables and money, as well as warm clothes, underwear. Those who didn't comply were threatened by execution. Thousands of Jews came thinking about Nazi's plan of relocation, but nobody knew that they would be strip down, shoot with gun machine and their bodies would be thrown into deep ravine. In the report by SS it was noted that 33,771 people were massacred. This was how "the final solution of the Jewish problem" was carried out in Kiev.

The same fate awaited the Gypsies. Later this became a place for the execution of prisoners from Syrets concentration camp, members of the communist underground. The total number of victims was about 100 thousand.

In 1976 an official monument in memory of murdered Soviet citizens was built between the Yar and the site of the Syrets concentration camp. Sculptor M. Lysenko.

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  • Written Apr 19, 2007
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