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 Archive contains both published and unpublished articles about Drobytsky Yar, readers’ correspondence, stories by the Righteous Among the Nations, eyewitness accounts by the saved ones.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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Now you can view documents using Adobe Flash or HTML5

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Pavel Sokolsky

Pavel Sokolsky

Pavel Sokolsky was born on February 15, 1934.
In 1962 he graduated from the History Department of Kharkov State University and started to work as a history teacher in Kharkov’s public schools.
Since 1988 he was a chairman of Kharkov`s regional branch of the Ukrainian Cultural Counsel committee “Drobytsky Yar”.
Since 1989 he served as a deputy chairman of the public committee “Drobytsky Yar”.
In 1989 he founded the Association of Figures and Friends of Jewish Culture and assumed leadership of the organization.
Since December 1990 he has been working as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Shalom”.
While researching the tragedy of the Holocaust in Kharkov, P. Sokolsky engaged in the name search of Jewish victims killed during the Nazi occupation of the city of Kharkov.
In 1991, together with Viktoria Lebedeva, he published the book “Say, Drobytsky Yar”. The contents of the book consist of archival documents, as well as memories of those few who were able to escape death and those who knew and remembered the dead - their neighbors, colleagues, relatives. In 2004, a new edition of the book was published under the title “Book of Memory Drobytsky Yar”.
In the course of 1992 - 2001, P. Sokolsky actively participated in the creation of the memorial to the victims of Kharkov`s Holocaust.

Records from the archive of Pavel Sokolsky


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