Metasequoias at Babiy Yar

October 2013, metasequoia at Boston Public Garden

The story of rebirth and survival of metasequoia is amazing. Metasequoias were first discovered in fossils at the beginning of 1940th and the trees thought to be extinct. However, a few years later a small Redwood plantation was found in China. At first, the new plantation was wrongly identified as sequoias – another species of an ancient redwood. Around 1948 it was confirmed that the new discovery was in fact a close sequoia’s relative, and as such was named “metasequoia”. Since then metasequoias have been reborn – the trees have been cultivated and brought back to life all over the world. Those trees are real survivors – they can withstand harsh weather, fires and lightning. The oldest living metasequoia is over 600years old. It is expected to live a more than a 1000 years, as its closest sequoia relative.

The story of rebirth and survival of Jewish people is equally amazing. During the 1940th the Jewish population was dramatically reduced. In the years followed the war, Jewish people planted their roots all over the world, adapted and learned how to excel in various places, and enriched the local cultures.

Metasequoia planted by at Babiy Yar on April 6, 2017

We would like to reveal this symbolic analogy by planting metasequoias at the Memorial. The metasequoias will outlives us, our children and grandchildren. Most likely they will outlive all the human made structures around it and will become a permanent Memorial of Life at the Babiy Yar.