Drobytsky Yar

Shoah Victims' Faces

Archive of V. Lebedeva

The tragedy of Drobytsky Yar was reported for the first time by a journalist from newspaper “Vecherniy Kharkov” Victoria Lebedeva in 1989. Archive contains both published and unpublished articles about Drobytsky Yar, readers’ correspondence, stories by the Righteous Among the Nations, eyewitness accounts by the saved ones. Reviews of books, works and studies indicate a high peer appreciation. Numerous eyewitness accounts of the Drobytsky Yar tragedy are cited, some of them are published for the first time. References for all the victims in the martyrology of Drobytsky Yar mentioned in the archive are now linked to the “Archive of V.Lebedeva”

Archive of P. Sokolsky

The main content of the archive consists of various documents and evidence, which formed the basis of the martyrology of Drobytsky Yar. These are memories of a few who managed to avoid death, who knew and remembered the dead - their neighbors, colleagues, and relatives. More than 500 people provided information about the victims of Drobytsky Yar, and are all listed on the website. When examining the archive of P. Sokolsky, new names of victims were established: more than 280 people were previously absent from the martyrology. References for all the victims in the martyrology of Drobytsky Yar mentioned in the archive are now linked to the “Archive of Sokolsky P.”

Davydov's family archive

This is a vast collection of photographs, documents, and newspaper and magazine clippings composed on the issues that in any way associate with the tragedy of the Drobitsky Yar; linked to the initiation of the project, to fundraising, to preparation and construction of the memorial complex. Materials collected in the archive are literary works and artistic creations dedicated to the Drobitsky Yar, polemical notes and eyewitness accounts with specific names. Now, victims identified in our website’s martyrology are also cross-referenced with the “Davydov’s Archives”.


Became available information about deceased members of some families (eg Davydov, Polnarev, Shvartz, Shais, Tunis, Traynen and many others)

Unknown Documents

Yad Vashem links

For each victim provides links to documents (records) from the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names (Yad Vashem)

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Viktoria Lebedeva

Viktoria Lebedeva

Viktoria Lebedeva was born in 1939 in the city of Lyubotin in the Kharkov region to the family of a railroad engineer who, in 1942, as part of a large group of Lyubotinsky railway workers, was arrested by the Gestapo and died after interrogations and tortures.

In 1961 she graduated from the Philological Faculty of Chernovtsi State University.

Since 1969, she worked in the newspaper “Vecherniy Kharkov” as a proofreader, a correspondent for the culture department, later as a senior correspondent of the department of science and educational institutions, and then as a senior correspondent of the letters and reader relations department.

In 1988 she learned details about the events of the winter of 1941-1942 in Drobytsky Yar near Kharkov from P. Sokolsky and A. Kagan (who erected the first monument).

In 1989, her article in the newspaper “Vecherniy Kharkov” about the tragedy of Drobytsky Yar, “Let the grass of oblivion not rise ...”, became the first publication on this topic and influenced the formation of public opinion in favor of creating a memorial on the site of the tragedy. Thanks to her efforts, the newspaper monthly published a spread about Drobytsky Yar with the memories of those who escaped, with testimonies of eyewitnesses, essays of journalists.

In 1991, together with P. Sokolsky publishes the book “Say, Drobytsky Yar”. The contents of the book are archival documents, as well as memories of those few who managed to escape death and those who knew and remembered the dead - their neighbors, colleagues, relatives. In 2004 the book was published in a new edition called “Book of Memory Drobytsky Yar”.

In 1992 she was awarded with the Certificate of Honor and the second prize by the Kharkov branch of the Union of Journalists of Ukraine for her work on the Drobytsky Yar tragedy.

Actively participated in the work of the public committee “Drobytsky Yar”, covering the progress of the construction of the Memorial in the press, organizing and conducting public events dedicated to the Holocaust history in the city of Kharkov.

Since 1995 she worked in the regional research editorial board of the Memory Book of Ukraine. Due to her research of various archives, the lists of those killed in Drobytsky Yar were significantly expanded.

Viktoria Lebedeva still conducts an active research work in cooperation with the museum of local lore in town of Lyubotin.

From the archive of Viktoria Lebedeva


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