Marking the 80th anniversary of the slaughter of some 33,000 Jews in Babi Yar, in Ukraine, testimonies by some of the perpetrators were released to the public for the first time on Wednesday.
“On that day I may have shot some 150 to 250 Jews. The whole shooting episode went off without a hitch. The Jews surrendered to their fate like sheep to the slaughter,” reads the description of the slaughter by SS man by the name of Viktor Trill. “I saw a huge hole that looked like a riverbed that had dried up. Inside it were layers of bodies. The Jews had to lie down on the bodies and were shot in the neck.”