Friday, December 22, 2006

Remembering the Children

Children were among the largest number of lives massacred.

The Children's Memorial is one of three monuments at Babi Yar. It sadly represents the majority of those slaughtered here during WW II.

Three bronze colored figures sit here replicating the many discarded toys of those killed. Most of the people brought here were told lies about being relocated so they had their few belongings with them; many children had toys in hand. The chunk missing from the marble base represents that through the death of these children a part of us has been lost that can never be replaced.


Anonymous Jackie said...

What a moving, and tragic, monument. I do like the idea though of the missing chunk - a very sobering reminder.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

sad, powerful and meaningful memorial...

3:04 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

When I was teaching the Holocaust unit to high school students we always visited Babi Yar through the Yventoshenko poem of the same name. The memorial is haunting. Thanks for posting it!!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

the history behind the memorial is haunting is also a great reminder !

7:56 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Very moving. Thank you for the explanation. The missing chunk is poignant and true. We lose something precious when the children are taken.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

A close friend told me all about this. Her family lost all of their children. Her mother was old enough to be sent to a labour camp.

2:11 AM  
Blogger Randy said...

I love this photo. Happy Holidays.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

"Noël est là,
Ce joyeux Noël, des cadeaux plein les bras,
Qui réchauffe nos coeurs et apporte la joie,
Jour des plus beaux souvenirs,
Plus beau jour de l'année."
Washington Irving


“Christmas is there,
This Merry Christmas, gifts full arms,
Who heats our hearts and brings the joy,
Day of the most beautiful memories,
More beautiful day of the year."
Washington Irving


10:05 AM  
Anonymous Pamela said...

Peace and Goodwill, from Tenerife (Spain).

6:24 PM  
Anonymous denton said...

Such as sad monument. Such a horrific event.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Lavender Lady said...

This is beautiful picture of a travisty in history. There is no greater pain than loosing a child.

7:24 AM  

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