Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies at 84

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

April 1 (UPI) — Acclaimed poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose work chronicled anti-Semitism within the Soviet Union, died Saturday of coronary heart failure, his spouse mentioned. He was 84.

The youngest of the Soviet-era writers who got here to prominence beneath communist rule, Yevtushenko’s work denounced Russian dictator Joseph Stalin and shined a highlight on the plight of Jews and different minorities beneath his rule.

Yevtushenko’s most outstanding work was the epic poem Babi Yar, which chronicled the horrific violence that led to the two-day bloodbath of greater than 33,000 Jews in Kiev, Ukraine, by the Nazis in World Battle II. The poem make clear an act of genocide lengthy suppressed by the Russians.

The poem takes its title from the park the place the mass executions occurred. A steep ravine within the park is the place the Nazis put the our bodies.

When Russian troops retook Kiev from Nazi management, the federal government started systematically eradicating references to the actual fact it was primarily Jews who had been killed at Babi Yar. As an alternative, the federal government started referring to the victims as “peaceable Soviet residents.”

Within the poem, which was printed in 1961, Yevtushenko wrote:

“No monument stands over Babi Yar.
A steep cliff solely, just like the rudest gravestone.
I’m afraid.”

The poem was later set to music by the composer Dmitri Shostakovich in his Symphony No. 13, which debuted by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in 1962.

Yevtushenko was born in Siberia however raised in Moscow. He later emigrated to the US as his protest poetry made him a goal of Kremlin ire.

Yevtushenko printed greater than 150 poetry anthologies in his profession and was a professor at Oklahoma State College on the time of his dying.

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