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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Babi Yar & The Destruction of Kiev's Jews
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Archive: places/poland/kiev babi-yar.02 
Last-modified: 2000/02/10
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Towards the end of 1943, the Russian counteroffensive sent the Germans into
bloody retreat from the Ukraine, and the Germans began covering up the
evidence of their murderous past...

"... A frantic effort was begun to destroy the evidence of wanton excesses
and murders. For the macabre Babi Yar task, the Nazis selected about four
hundred prisoners from Synets, dividing them into squads, [Ed. note: Synets
was the name given to the camp established at the site of the Babi Yar
massacre - see URL knm] 
each assigned to a special Sondercommando service. The men were called 
`Leichen' (corpses) and most of them must have envied those who had 
already become so. They were housed in bunkers close to the ravine, 
shackled with chains around their ankles so that they could walk but 
not run, and were led out at sunrise daily to work for long hours
until night fell. One group dug up what remained of the corpses; another
searched for rings or earrings and wrenched out the gold in the teeth; 
another built pyres and large ovens, each to receive hundreds of bodies.
Additional groups lit the fires and kept them burning, ground up the bones
that were not consumed in the flames, carried the ashes into nearby fields
and scattered them for fertilizer. At night, reeking of putrefying flesh,
their bodies consumed by scabies, filthy with the mud of reopened mass
graves, the Sondercommandos were brought back to their bunkers. Before
permitting a few hours of sleep, there was a regular wind-up routine in
which a number of the half-conscious prisoners were executed for the
amusement of men bored with their guard duty."

Extracted from--------------------------------------------------- 
"THE REDEMPTION OF THE UNWANTED", Abram L.  Sachar (New York: St.
Martin's/Marek, 1983.

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