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Babi Yar

Film | Accession Number: 2001.355.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3151 | Film ID: 2489

VS, rubble and bodies intermingled on ground. VS, wood and corpses stacked together. MCU of charred skeletal remains, smoke rising from the ashes. Pan, piles of bones and fragments of bones. Quick cut to a MLS of the countryside, trees silhouetted against the sky along a dirt road; smoke is rising along the road.

Translation of Ukrainian narration:
Excerpts from the protocols of the State Commission. Testimonies of Isaac Brodsky, [name not entirely clear], Yakov Koper and other members of the death team #1005. The Nazis brought here [to Babi Yar] granite monuments and iron fences taken from the graveyard. Out of these monuments we made platforms on which we put lathes. Over the lathes we put iron fences, over which the wood would go. On a layer of wood we put a layer of corpses and then wood again. Afterwards we poured oil over everything. Following this order, corpses were put in several rows and burned. Each such oven included approximately two and half or three thousand corpses. When all the corpses were burned, we would start new ovens. Bones were rammed and broken into the smallest pieces. Ash had to be dispersed with the wind, so there would be no traces left.

Production:  1946
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of TSDKFFA
Record last modified: 2021-03-31 09:48:03
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