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Babi Yar by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Babi Yar is a deep ravine close to Kiev where the Germans killed tens of thousands of Jews, in September 1941, in retaliation for a series of bombs that the Russian resistance planted
No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A drop sheer as a crude gravestone.
I am afraid.
Today I am as old in years
as all the Jewish people.
Now I seem to be
Here I plod through ancient Egypt.
Here I perish crucified, on the cross,
and to this day I bear the scars of nails.
I seem to be