Escape from Babiy Yar

Yakov Kaper


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In 1943, Yakov Kaper was drafted by the Nazis to work in the Babiy Yar labor camp, and forced to cremate the bodies of thousands of prisoners massacred by the Nazis in September 1941. Realizing that they too would be killed upon completion of their grisly assignment, Kaper and a group of prisoners staged a harrowing but ultimately successful escape from the labor camp.

The former prisoners later reconvene at Nuremburg to testify against their captors to ensure that they’re sentenced for their war crimes. Escape from Babiy Yar is a detailed account of Kaper’s story.

157 pages