Sunday, 27 July 2014

Nazis take foreign journalists to Kiev 2 weeks after Babi Yar

On Sunday, October 12, 1941, twenty-eight foreign journalists set out from Berlin on a 2,500-mile, German-conducted tour of German-occupied Polish and Ukrainian territory; one of the journalists who went on the tour was Texan Ernest G. Fischer shown in the above photograph with his family after his return home following the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

On October 14, 1941, Fischer posted a report from Kiev, where, between September 29 and 30, 1941, the Germans are supposed to have killed all the remaining Jewish inhabitants—precisely 33,771—after the bulk of them fled the city with the retreating Soviet authorities.

Fischer made no mention of Kiev's Jews in his report; he states that he was informed by a German officer that 300,000 of the city's population had left the city before the Germans began to close in, and devotes most of the article to detailing the immense damage caused by the booby-trap bombs hidden in the city by the Soviets:

Below is Fischer's article about Kiev, and then some others he wrote whilst in the Ukraine, or that feature photographs he took there.

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