Unapolozism In Babi Yar

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Babi Yar: A Document in the Form of A Novel by A. Anatoli Kuznetsov is a firsthand account of the Nazi occupation of Kiev from 1941 to 1943. Kuznetsov presents that he had began documenting events of the occupation since he was fourteen years old. The book describes the end of Soviet rule in Ukraine to Soviet liberation and the aftermath of Kiev following the Second World War. The book centers around Kiev with special attention focused on the ravine of Babi Yar where firstly Jews were brutally murder and later prisoners of war, Russians, Ukrainians, other Jews, and any citizens who presented as a threat to Nazism were executed as well. Kuznetsov combines his own personal story with testimonies of other citizens and official documents to provide …show more content…
In our present understand, Nazism sets the standard for an oppressive regime that commits crimes, and atrocities on its own citizens and those beyond its borders. In comparing regimes, like the Soviet regime, to Nazism, in turn new atrocities can be evaluated in a new context. For Kuznetsov to blatantly draw parallels between Nazis and the Soviet Union, he is unapologetic in his approach to criticize the Soviet system.
To demonstrate, Kuznetsov views both Nazism and Stalinism as oppressive regimes, who in their efforts attempt to control their citizens. In discussing the Second World War Kuznetsov presents: The U.S.S.R.’s ‘holy’ war against Hitler was nothing more than a heat-rending struggle by people who wanted to be imprisoned in their own concentration camp rather than in a foreign one, while still cherishing the hope of extending their own camp to cover the whole
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In speaking of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, Kuznetsov states; “They’re all as bad as one another.” This statement is an amalgamation of the trauma committed by the Nazis and the Soviet regime. Through mass killings, starvation, and overall brutality that ended in thousands of civilians dying under each regime Kuznetsov is poignant in focusing blame not only on the Nazis but on the Soviets as well. These criticisms are not ungrounded, as Jay Bergman argues in Soviet Dissidents on the Holocaust, Hitler and Nazism: A Study of the Preservation of Historical Memory he states that for a time, that given the choice between the two regimes, “the Nazi one was preferable.” As previously mentioned, Kuznetsov is also able to support this through his grandfather who passionately opposed the Soviet regime. Bergman takes it as far to even state that Hitler drew inspiration from Lenin through his methods of creating a totalitarian state by “controlling workers’ movements, forbidding demonstrations, and by dissolving strikes.” Therefore, not only are comparisons drawn between the two regimes but a case can be made that Nazism was directly influences by the oppressive actions put in place by Lenin in the decades before hand. Unmistakably, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union can therefore be considered moral equivalents. To a larger extent then, Nazis brutality can be assessed as

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