On September 29, 1941, the pogrom against Jews known as Babi Yar took place in Kiev.

This photo, from the Yad Vashem archives, is of Velvele Valentin Pinkert, one of the 33,771 victims of the massacre.

The photo was taken in 1939. From Yad Vashem:

Velvele, along with 33,771 other Jews from Kiev, Ukraine, was murdered in September 1941 in a ravine known as Babi Yar. The Jews were marched to the ravine, forced to hand over any valuables in their possession, to take off all their clothes, and to advance in groups of ten towards the ravine edge. When they reached the edge, they were gunned down by automatic fire. At the end of the day, the bodies were covered by a thin layer of soil. In two days of shooting, 33,771 Jews were murdered.

Yad Vashem is Israel’s Holocaust memorial and trust.

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