Babyn Yar


Between 1941 and 1943, the Nazis shot between 70,000 and 100,000 people at Babyn Yar, including almost the entire Jewish population of Kyiv, making it a significant point on the devastating map of the Holocaust.

In order to acquire, study and disseminate knowledge about this tragedy, an international foundation was established to support the creation of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. This non-governmental organization is building the first modern Holocaust museum in Eastern Europe, establishing a center for the study of the tragedy, in which large-scale scientific and educational activities will be carried out.

The Memorial Center will bring together a museum, research institutes, a library, an archive and an online multimedia platform. In the coming year, the Center’s focus will be the development of online projects dedicated to biographies of victims of the Babyn Yar tragedy, creation of a visual archive, and the comprehensive study of the distant and recent past of this territory.

In undertaking these activities, the Memorial Center maintains an open dialogue with Ukrainian society and pays special attention to the public discussion of the tragedy and the formation of a humanistic moral judgment on it.

The work of the Memorial Center is based on strict scientific knowledge. Historical materials undergo independent review and are approved by the Scientific Council which consists of 3 prominent experts from different countries. The principles of working with the past are enshrined in a document entitled "The Historical Narrative" which is available to all.


The nucleus of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center will be the Museum, the construction of which will begin in the near future. Materials about the tragedy, the history of the place, the current state of Babyn Yar and the attitude of society towards crimes against humanity will be collected, processed and presented to the public in the Museum.

At the end of 2020, the concept of the future museum will be presented. During 2021, we will develop the detailed architectural concept design. The opening of the museum is planned in 2025/26.

The holistic approach to the design of the building, the exposition and the site will be developed in dialogue with representatives of the different fields of knowledge, arts and different social groups. Environmentally friendly materials will be used in the construction; our basic principle is to take a sensitive approach to the natural and urban environment. To develop the language and working methods of the Museum, we plan to hold a series of seminars with the participation of architects, artists, curators, designers, historians, anthropologists, psychologists and other specialists studying the practice of commemoration.



Information about the foundation and its structure


Academic research projects


Research of the territory of Babyn Yar


An educational initiative for the joint preservation of the memory of Babyn Yar and the Holocaust


Digital repository of books, archival materials, photos and more


List of the names of Babyn Yar victims, which everyone can help to expand


Special projects of the Memorial Center


3D-models of Babyn Yar with multimedia research


Open conversation on the key questions of life and memory


Releases, press coverage and news


Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center
street Velyka Vasylkivska, 100, p #7
Kyiv, 03150, Ukraine
+380 50 308 50 51