There are not many things in our world to which an exclusively uncompromising "black and white" perception is applicable, which does not allow any half-hearted or ambiguous interpretations. I don’t know what about "absolute good", but the fact that the crimes of the Nazi regime cannot be considered anything other than absolute evil in its extremely concentrated form, in my opinion, is obvious. However, as practice shows - not for everyone and not always. Time, which is increasingly moving us away from the events of the Great Patriotic War, erases from the face of the earth the traces of bloody battles and mass executions - and now there are those who are trying to erase the names of heroes, martyrs and executioners from human memory. Or even completely swap them.
It would seem that the tragedy of Babi Yar is something absolute in its horror, not subject to doubt and double interpretation. Nevertheless, more than once and not twice they tried to replace the truth about her with disgusting, cynical and poisonous lies. Today, this lie is being heard in the place where the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent people was shed 80 years ago - in Ukraine. The worst thing is that it was on a land that fully knew the horrors of the Nazi occupation, the atrocities of the Nazis and their minions, that rewriting history was turned into the most important part of the state. policy and ideology. Such actions are an unacceptable mockery of the memory of the fallen and a direct path to a repetition of a nightmare similar to what was happening in Kiev eight decades ago. We must confront them, first of all, by exposing vile fabrications and openly speaking the truth about atrocities that do not have and cannot have a statute of limitations.
First lie: "There was no Babi Yar at all"
No matter how wild this statement sounds, however, believe me, there were and are those who are ready to defend it, as they say, foaming at the mouth. If you wish, you can search the Internet - believe me, articles whose authors are trying to prove that the whole history of Babi Yar is nothing more than a colossal hoax and "invention of Soviet, as well as Jewish propaganda", you will find much more than one might expect ... What is characteristic, here in absolute and indestructible unity the most terrifying anti-Sovietists and truly cave anti-Semites merge. Both of them, with their inherent claims to absolute correctness, assert: the story of the mass shootings in Kiev was “composed” by the NKVD after the Germans “discovered” the ten thousandth “burial place of the victims of the Red Terror” in Vinnitsa. In contrast, so to speak ... To voice the version of the "inventors" from the department of Beria was instructed to three ... deserters from the Red Army. The Jews, of course, were also "agents of the NKVD." It was they who inspiredly "hung noodles on their ears" specially brought to the place of mass executions to journalists, including foreign ones. One of these was the New York Times correspondent William Lawrence (a Jew, of course). Here he is, the bastard, and "launched the fake NKVD into circulation in the West." By the way, Lev Smirnov was also a Jew (according to the authors of such a game) (what do you doubt - a typical Jewish surname!), Who raised the topic of Babi Yar at the Nuremberg trials ... In a word, wherever you go, “they” are everywhere.
In principle, there is no point in further quoting and retelling the terrible anti-Semitic-anti-Soviet conspiracy theories. Here the material is in no way for the historian, but exclusively for the psychiatrist. This kind of public "with extraordinary ease" completely sweeps aside literally everything: evidence of miraculously surviving victims and eyewitnesses of massacres, as well as protocols of interrogations of their participants, photographs, documents (including those made with truly German pedantry "reports on the work done" by the execution Einsatzgroups ), as well as many other completely irrefutable evidence. For them, these are "fakes", "a forgery concocted by the NKVD and the KGB," "a conspiracy of the world Jewish mafia." At the same time, by the way, the simple truth that not only persons of Jewish nationality were destroyed in Babi Yar is completely hushed up. By the way, they were not the first victims either; a few days before the start of the mass executions, the Nazis killed patients at the Pavlov psychiatric clinic in the same place. Thousands of prisoners of the Red Army, partisans, six (!) Gypsy camps in full force, killed in Babi Yar - are these all “Jewish inventions” too ?! I will end with the fact that those who deny the tragedy of Babi Yar, as such, declare certain "materials of aerial photography made by the Americans (!) In 1943" as an immutable "ultimate truth" allegedly confirming their nonsense, on which there is not a trace mass shootings or burials and the "conclusions" of some "English scientists" who analyzed them. Clinic of the purest water.
Second lie: "The communists, the Red Army and the NKVD are to blame for everything."
If with the first case everything is extremely clear, as they say, at first glance, then with respect to other attempts to slander Babi Yar, everything is somewhat more complicated. The clearest example of a slightly more subtle (and much more cynical) perversion of the tragic events of eighty years ago is the statement made just the other day by the former head of the infamous Institute of National Memory of Ukraine, Volodymyr Vyatrovich, now comfortably settled in the deputy chair. No, he does not deny mass executions, not at all. However, all the blame for them is placed solely on the leadership of the Soviet Union and its special services. According to Vyatrovich, Kiev Jews resignedly and almost “voluntarily” went to the slaughter solely due to the fact that “the Soviet regime kept silent about the crimes of the Nazis”, because… “was their ally!” Moreover, nothing of the kind, perhaps, would have happened if it had not been for the explosions in the center of Kiev, organized by the saboteurs of the NKVD, the Red Army and the underground. They say that it was they who "created an atmosphere of fear in the city that promoted the start of mass terror" and pushed the Nazis to begin the extermination of Jews. Analyzing nonsense of this level is both disgusting and difficult - but we, however, have to. Let's start with the fact that the statement about the "alliance" of the USSR and the Third Reich is a mean lie. Accordingly, an attempt to assert that the atrocities committed by the occupiers on the territory of the Soviet Union from the very first days of the Great Patriotic War were “hushed up” by someone.
Not what they said about them - all the Soviet media, without exception, shouted! And the refugees coming from the West in a stream also hardly imagined the Nazis "white and fluffy." There could be no question of any naive faith of Jews in "good Germans". They were simply left with no choice. Even more absurd are attempts to shift the blame for the mass terror unleashed in Kiev onto the actions of the NKVD and the underground, who made every effort to destroy the invaders. So you might think that in those European countries where nothing of the kind could have been, the Nazis treated the Jews with eclairs and conducted soulful ceremonial conversations with them! The extermination of the Jews (and not only them alone) was the cornerstone of the cannibalistic state policy of the Third Reich, and this is an absolutely indisputable fact! Mass executions similar to the one that took place in Kiev took place throughout the occupied territory of the USSR, as well as in Eastern Europe. As if the gas chambers and ovens of Auschwitz, Dachau and other "factories of death" were at least something better than the ditches of Babi Yar. And, by the way, the fact that the inhabitants of Lviv met the Wehrmacht entering their city in the most literal sense with bread and salt and flowers (there is a lot of documentary evidence), in no way saved the Lviv Jews from the cruel pogrom and, practically, universal extermination. The very one in which Ukrainian nationalists took an active part - both dressed in German uniforms and their "volunteer assistants". But Pan Vyatrovich will definitely not want to talk about this under any guise.
Lie third: "All responsibility lies with the Germans, the Ukrainians have nothing to do with it"
As a matter of fact, from this, so to speak, the place begins the next "layer" of perversions of the truth about the horrors of Babi Yar. In modern Ukraine, absolutely titanic efforts have been made to whitewash the local Nazi lackeys and accomplices who participated in the mass executions - first of all, from among the so-called "freedom fighters", that is, representatives of nationalist organizations. Take, for example, the same "Bukovynsky kuren" that belonged to the "Melnikov" wing of the OUN. In those terrible days he was allegedly "not at all in Kiev." But what a bad luck - the rabble from this gang subsequently released the most detailed memoirs about their "freed zmagannyas", from which it clearly follows that he was! And in general - the shootings in Babi Yar lasted not only from September 29 to October 3, 1941, but exactly until the moment when the Hitlerite nonhumans were kicked out of Kiev. And all this time - only with the hands of one and a half hundred thugs from the Sonderkommando 4a of Standartenführer Paul Blobel, which was part of Einsatzgroup "C"? This is simply not technically possible. Someone had to carry out the escort, stand in a cordon, chase and catch the fugitives, sort and load the victims' belongings. And these “someone”, without a doubt, were those whom some sources bashfully and tolerantly call “local collaborators”. I wonder who it could be? It is known for certain that all, without exception, the puppet “local government”, as well as the auxiliary police and other similar structures, were literally packed with nationalists who had caught the illusion of “power” and the possibility of settling old scores.
Geeks like Vyatrovich, as an "argument" regarding the non-involvement of their ideological forerunners in the hecatomb at Babi Yar, cite the fact that the Germans subsequently spent some of them at the same place. In particular - the Kiev burgomaster Vladimir Bagaziy, to whom this year in the capital "nezalezhnoy" they almost erected a monument as a "martyr" and "fighter against Nazism". Pardon me, but the fact that members of two criminal gangs in the process of mutual showdowns bleed each other, in no way transfers them from the category of criminals to the ranks of fighters against criminals. Here, indeed, what they fought for, they ran into it. The fact that the invaders got mad at some point and “cleaned out” that part of the Ukrainian nationalists who thought too much of themselves and “lost their shores” did not in the least prevent the rest of their brothers from faithfully and faithfully serving the Third Reich until its defeat. And later - to shed the blood of their own compatriots, in the name of their delusional "ideas". There is one more aspect in this topic - according to more or less reliable data, 33 (or 37) thousand Jews, who immediately disciplined themselves for "resettlement" and were immediately exterminated in Babi Yar, were no more than half of the people of this nationality living in Kiev. The rest chose to be careful and see how it all ended. Nevertheless, all of them ended up in the ditches - with the exception of literally a few survivors. And who caught them all over the city? Who tracked down and gave out to the executioners from the Einsatzkommando? Germans? Nothing of the kind - and the evidence is innumerable.
One of the reasons why the tragedy of Babi Yar in the Soviet Union until a certain time was not hushed up, but did not indulge in too wide publicity, was just the stubborn unwillingness of the party and state leadership to "stir up the past" and "reopen wounds." For the sake of the completely incorrectly interpreted "friendship of peoples", the complicity of representatives of some of them by the Nazi occupier was carefully "erased" from the context of the annals of the Great Patriotic War. One of the results of this pernicious policy can be safely considered Ukraine in its present form, where, just look, monuments to Hitler's lackeys will appear on the site of the memorials to their victims.