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 Archive contains both published and unpublished articles about Drobytsky Yar, readers’ correspondence, stories by the Righteous Among the Nations, eyewitness accounts by the saved ones.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)

Flash or HTML5

Now you can view documents using Adobe Flash or HTML5

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Commemoration and Gratitude

Litovsky Dmitry Froimovich
January 24, 1959 - February 5, 2014

Litovsky Dmitry Froimovich, the director of the Memorial Park Drobytsky Yar, died on February 5, 2014.

Unexpectedly early, this honest, intelligent man, a wonderful leader and organizer, left us.

His openness, kindness, great sense of humor, attention to other people's problems, won him the love and respect of others, friends and colleagues.

Sense of responsibility for the commemorating the past drove him to new ideas in improving the memorial complex.

Thanks to the projects, led and implemented by Dmitry Froimovich, the status and significance of the memorial "Drobytsky Yar" increased, both in Ukraine and abroad.

It is difficult to reconcile with the fact that he is no longer with us.

Vivid memory of Litovsky Dmitry Froimoviche remains forever in our hearts!

Davydov Felix Savelievich
March 22, 1948 - January 3, 2014

Davydov Felix Savelievich died on January 3, 2014.

Felix Savelievich and his father, Davydov Savely Pavlovich, took an active part in establishing the memorial. Thanks to the support of Felix Savelyevich, projects aimed at the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust became possible.

To honor his memory!

Sokolsky Pavel Petrovich
February 15, 1934 - March 19, 2018

On March 19, 2018, Sokolsky Pavel Petrovich passed away.

It is difficult to overstate the contribution P.P. Sokolsky made into the creation of the memorial park and museum “Drobytsky Yar”. A professional historian, P.P. Sokolsky, investigated the tragedy of the Holocaust, and researched the names of Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation of the city of Kharkov. Pavel Petrovich was the author of several books: “Say Drobytsky Yar”, “Book of Memory Drobytsky Yar”. His books contained martyrology of the Drobytsky Yar’s victims, archival documents, as well as the memories of those few who managed to avoid death, and those who knew and remembered victims. As a Chairman of the “Drobytsky Yar” Committee of the Kharkov’s Oblast branch of the Ukrainian Cultural Fund and the deputy Chairman of the Public Committee “Drobytsky Yar”, P.P. Sokolsky gave all his energy to the cause of forever remembering the tragedy of Drobytsky Yar.

To honor his memory!


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