After a year and a half … Ukraine remembers ….
The Memorial Park of the Great Patriotic War
Over the next couple of months, I will be re-visiting some of the familiar sites in Kiev, Ukraine.. My time here is almost done.
I have one more major trip planned and then my effort gets diverted into getting the paperwork in place, signed and approved for the next assignment… Hopefully Moscow in July..
The Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame Park is about a 20 minute walk from downtown…and well worth it..
It’s a beautiful and spacious park built in memory of those fallen during WWII..
The center monument represents 5 rifles and encloses an :Eternal Flame” guarded by an honor guard..
Relief sculptures ring the grounds
Adjacent is the Memorial Cemetery..
A truly “must see” in any trip to Chisinau…
Walking on the cobblestone, brick and, sometimes dirt and gravel, paths of this huge sprawling park located adjacent to Dorohozhychi metro stop, you would never guess that you are walking through a memorial to some of the worst atrocities of World War II.
Babi Yar, located in Kiev, Ukraine, was the site of a series of massacres by German forces in their war against the Soviet Union. In total it is estimated that between 100,00 and 150,000 people, of all ethnic groups were murdered here. The most famous (or infamous) of these purges occured on Sept 29-30, 1941 when 33,771 Jews were executed in the ravine and buried in a mass grave.
The Syret’s concentration camp was also located here. The inmates at Syret’s were typically Soviet prisoners of war, Ukrainian nationalist and, of course, Jews. These prisoners were forced to build funeral pyres to cremate the bodies of those executed at Babi Yar to cover-up what had happened.
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The Wall for Peace — 54 feet long, 45 feet wide and 30 feet high — is bisected by a walkway that offers a perfect perspective that has attracted tourists since 2000, when it was built for the city’s millennium celebration. It was orginally supposed to be a 3 month installation that has been standing for almost 14 years.
The word “peace” is inscribed in 32 languages and 12 alphabets on the glass and 20-foot-tall metal columns standing sentries on either side.
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The Shoe Memorial in Budapest honors those executed on the banks of the Danube. Both Jewish people and those accused of “Jewish Activities” were forced to strip naked and face the river.. They were then shot in the back so their bodies would fall into the river to be swept away ..
You can learn more about this very moving memorial here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoes_on_the_Danube_Bank
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