Kiew. A Hero City
Kiev, the present capital of the Ukraine, received the title of Hero City in 1965, in recognition of the stalwart courage of thousands of volunteer citizens and the death-defying bravery of the resistance movement. The city of Kiev, on the western hilly shores of the Dniepner River, bravely resisted the Nazi blitzkrieg, defending the city for as long as they could hold out against the Nazi invasion in the summer of 1941. A mass retreat to safer regions, including Siberia, saved many from sure death.
The Battle of Kiev was a large combat encirclement in the German offensive of the then-Soviet Union, where the Red Army battled to hold their position. The Nazis captured 600,000 Soviet troops, deported them to labor camps and rapidly moved with deadly surgical precision to terrorize the Ukraine. General F. Eberhardt, under the mobile killing squad—the Eisatzgruppen—conducted the largest two-day massacre of Ukrainian Jews on 29-30 September 1941.
It was one of the worst singular Nazi wartime-orchestrated atrocities of the Holocaust against humanity. Nazi squads lured the Jews of Kiev, with the promise of resettlement, to the Bykivnia Forest and to a cemetery on Dorogozhitskaya Street, near the Babi Yar Ravine where a staggering 33,771 people, in a two-day frenzy of killing, were machine gunned into mass graves in the shallow gorge.
Four and one half million troops of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along the 1,800-mile front—the largest military offensive in history—code-named Operation Barbarossa. They advanced in military vehicles and on 750,000 horses; the sole motivation being territorial aggression and the quest for ‘lebensraum,’ the acquisition of living space, habitat colonization and raw materials.
Additionally, the Nazi regime had contempt for Latins and ethnic Slavs (untermenschen) and the pan-Slavic ideals. To create ‘New Lands for Germany’ they planned to enslave the captured Slavic “inferior and decaying race who choked healthy budding elements” thus condemning the peoples of the USSR to concentration camps or outright extermination that included Jews and 270,000 Gypsies.
Kievites prepared for a bitter battle, and upon evacuation of many citizens, the Red Army planted a network of 10,000 radio-controlled mines. After the retreat, they detonated the mines killing thousands of occupying Nazis. The city blazed for five days—the operation was “the most sophisticated booby trap in history.” The explosions destroyed much of the city, but a lone building stood in the rubble on the Khreschatyk as a defiant sentinel to Kiev’s courage.
It was not the first time that Kiev stood in defiance. In the late 1930s, the city saw mass executions of party activists and intellectuals. Unjustly court-martialed, they were shot and buried in mass graves. In 1240, when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Muscovite Russia had control of Kiev, the Mongols invaded and fire-branded the entire city.
The city of Kiev and the Ukraine were no strangers to heartache and oppression – it was what made their souls soar higher – for better lives and for peace.
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