Holocaust Memorial Center Farmington Hills
Holocaust Memorial Center Farmington Hills (Dave Parker/Wikimedia)

The horrific Babi Yar massacre became a symbol of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust with the mass shootings carried out in Eastern Europe by the Nazis.

This month marks the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre, which occurred Sept. 29-30, 1941. On the evening of Sept. 29 in 1941, almost 34,000 Jews were forcibly rounded up and shot over two days at Babi Yar, a ravine that was then located on the outskirts of the city of Kiev, Ukraine. This horrific massacre became a symbol of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust with the mass shootings carried out in Eastern Europe by the Nazis.

To observe this anniversary, the Holocaust Memorial Center will rebroadcast the 2019 concert of Shostakovich’s Babi Yar: Remembering the Holocaust performed by the MSU Symphony Orchestra and Choral Ensembles. The performance features Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar) and selections from Charles Davidson’s song cycle, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

The concert is available to watch from Sept. 23-27 at www.holocaustcenter.org. For more information call (248) 553-2400.

The program is presented by the Michigan State University College of Music and the Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel at MSU, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit and the Detroit Jewish News.

The concert rebroadcast is sponsored by Gretchen and Ethan Davidson, Margie Dunn and Mark Davidoff, Howard J. Gourwitz, Belle and Julius Harris Visiting Artist Fund established by Lauren Julius Harris, Stanley and Selma Hollander Endowed Fund in Jewish Arts & Music, Sue and Alan Kaufman, Iris and Stephen Linder, Rebecca and Alan Ross, Elaine and Michael Serling/The Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Drs. Lou A. and Roy J. Simon, Linn Van Dyne and Mike Knox, Jeff D. Williams, and Andrea L. Wulf. 

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