Babi Yar poet dies

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC REPORTER

THE RUS­SIAN poet Yevgeny Yev­tushenko, who gained in­ter­na­tional ac­claim with a 1961 poem about the slaugh­ter of nearly 34,000 Jews at Babi Yar in the Ukraine, has died aged 84.

In his ca­reer Mr Yev­tushenko fo­cused on war atroc­i­ties and tyran­ni­cal dic­ta­tors, and tried to fight the an­ti­semitism that had spread through­out the USSR.

The poem about the Ukraine mas­sacre, ti­tled Babi Yar, kick-started a search for the truth about what had hap­pened in the ravine out­side Kiev in 1941.

Mr Yev­tushenko wrote the poem af­ter vis­it­ing the site and find­ing that there was no memo­rial to com­mem­o­rate what had hap­pened. “I was ab­so­lutely shocked,” he said.

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