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“Historically Important”
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Babi Yar Memorial
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Jewish History of Kiev including Babi Yar Memorial Private Tour
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Private Tour of Jewish Community in Kiev
Ranked #36 of 503 things to do in Kiev
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Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Historically Important”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

It's a must-see when you visit Kyiv, as an important historic event is connected with this Memorial. It is our sad past, which teaches us how not to behave in the future :)

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very thought provoking! Unfortunately there is nothing in english to tell you what happened here, so, you need to read about it first. There are no signs either to help you find it. We still didn't find the menorah!

Visited July 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Historical spot with no information at site”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

The Nazis ordered all Jews to report in order to be relocated In September, 1941. Most people thought they were going to be sent outside of the country. Instead thousands of Jews were brought to this ravine outside the city limits of Kiev. After digging the pits, they were told to take their clothes off and then they were put in groups and shot. It wasn't until 1991 that a Jewish monument was allowed to be built. In 2001, a monument was built and dedicated to the children whose lives were lost. It is not marked as to where to go after you exit Dorohozhychi metro. The previous reviewer gave excellent directions and I would recommend following them. We did not have any problems at all. We did walk faster than the number of minutes he said it would take. Before you get to the ravine, there is a small church. I would recommend going to this site but you need to read about what happened before you go.

Visited June 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 782 helpful votes
“Proper easy directions to get there”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Some reviews have given overly simplistic directions to get there like "just ask anyone", and that isn't going to work. If using the Metro, get off at the Dorohozhychi station, north of the city. There are two memorials in completely different places. The larger one is the Soviet one, which incidentally, is NOT in the spot where the mass murders took place. But it's still an imposing monument, worth seeing. As you exit the metro station, while still underground, turn to the left, and walk under the big street. As you exit, you will see a path going into the park, just follow it, sort of straight and towards the left a bit, for about 6 minutes. You will see the very large Soviet-style monument, depicting people being pushed into a ravine/pit.

To get to the other monument, which is the Jewish menorah monument, which is in the correct location of where the atrocities took lace, walk back to the Metro station. Face yourself as if you just exited the metro. Go to the right, while still staying underground. Don't use any stairs. This will take you directly into a park. Follow the path sort of going straight, which is sort of paralleling the big street. Take if for about 8 minutes. The path gradually goes a little away from the main street, but you are always within eye and ear shot of that main street. Eventually, you will get to a very large wide path. Don't get off at any of the earlier paths, wait for the very large wide path that has two side lanes, separated by a wide green grass median in between. Make a 90 degree right turn here, and walk down this straight path, all the way to the end. This path is completely straight. This will take about 7 minutes. Then the path changes, where is a big tree, and at this point, continue on the path, veering up hill a little, on the left side, for about 2 more minutes. You will see the jewish menorah monument.

If you are facing the menorah, walk past it about 50 feet, into the park forest area. You will see a large and very deep ravine/pit. This is the exact location of where the atrocities took place.

If you want to pay your respects, Jewish tradition is to leave a small stone/rock somewhere on the menorah. People of any faith or even non believers can do this to pay respects to the victims.

There will be no signs to get to either monument, and it's unlikely people will be able to help direct you there, so good luck using the above directions. Enjoy your visit.

Visited May 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Simple, but sobering”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I appreciated the fact that it was even there, as I had learned that the Ukranian army, in advance of the Nazis, had done the killings of the Jews in the area. The site was very simple, with a large menorah and very little signage. We saw the ravine where the victims were lined up and shot, but unless you had someone telling you what you were looking at, you wouldn't know.

Visited April 2013
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