“Beyond Babi Yar”: Yom HaShoah Film and Discussion

May 5, 2024 Brookline Free
Daria Cherkaska, Beyond Babi Yar, John Pollick
Daria Cherkaska interviewed for "Beyond Babi Yar" (Courtesy photo)

“Beyond Babi Yar” was inspired by the story of TBZ member Andy Halpert and his cousin, filmmaker John Pollick’s family. Their grandparents’ families were among the shooting victims in Ukraine. Babi Yar, or Babyn Yar, is a ravine in Kyiv, Ukraine. On Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, 1941, Nazis forced 33,771 Jews into it and shot them. The Nazis continued their campaign of mass shootings of Jews well beyond Babi Yar, extending through Ukraine, Belarus, and other parts of Eastern Europe. This is how the Holocaust began.

The purpose of the film is to educate viewers about these forgotten Holocaust victims and their neglected graves and inspire action regarding them. After 80 years, it is time to finally address this enormous historical and humanitarian injustice in an open and comprehensive way, and begin to restore to the millions of shooting victims the dignity and respect they have been denied for so long.

The film is 32 minutes long and will be followed by a conversation with Andy and his cousin.

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