"All Yids* of the city of Kiev and its vicinity must appear on Monday, September 29, by 8 o'clock in the morning at the corner of Mel'nikova and Doktorivska streets (near the cemetery). Bring documents, money, and valuables, and also warm clothing, linen, etc. Any Yids who do not follow this order and are found elsewhere will be shot. Any civilians who enter the dwellings left by Yids and appropriate the things in them will be shot."
- Order posted in Kiev in Russian, on or around September 26,1941
"Mommy mommy tell me mommy what does it all mean?
Daddy daddy is this real or is it just a dream?
Will we live here will we stay here must I pack my things?
Shall we kneel now shall we pray now see what 'morrow brings?"
"Listen up dear things are changing time to pack and go.
Find a new home find a new place find somewhere to grow.
It's okay dear it's okay hon never liked this town.
Come to daddy let me hold you chase away that frown."
"Mommy loves you let me kiss you wipe away those tears.
Hope in good things faith in new things don't give in to fear.
Trust in God child trust in us child life is looking up.
Never worry better hurry pack your favorite cup."
"Promise mommy promise daddy that I'll make new friends.
Heart feels broken heart is hurting hope it one day mends.
When we get there when it's over can I get new shoes?
Mine are old now getting new will help to heal these blues."
On September 29th and 30th a special team of German SS troops and others murdered 33,771 Jewish civilians after taking them to a ravine in Babyn Yar, Kiev. They had been told that they were to be relocated. They were forced to remove all clothing, and to lie down. Each were shot in the neck at close range. Bodies piled on top of bodies as the killing went on for two days. Finally, the murderers covered the bodies with earth to form a mass grave. Only 29 are known to have survived. The clothing and other valuables were collected and turned over to local Germans or to Nazi administrators. Among the valuables was a little cup with a picture of Minnie Mouse...
*Russian slang for Jews