KIEV, Ukraine – Hundreds of people gathered in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the Nazi massacre of tens of thousands of Jews.President Viktor Yanukovych, government officials and relatives of the victims laid flowers at the monument to those killed by the Nazis in the Babi Yar ravine in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.More than 33,700 Jews were shot in Babi Yar over the course of two days, beginning Sept. 29, 1941, one of the most horrific killings of the Holocaust.In the ensuing months, the ravine was filled with some 100,000 bodies, including those of non-Jewish Kiev residents and Red Army prisoners of the Nazis.Mourning events also were being held nationwide.One survivor of the massacre, Viktor Stadnik, said that his mother thought they might be sent to Palestine as the Nazis rounded them up. “It would be great if we were taken to Palestine — it’s warm there,” he recalled his mother as saying as the Nazis were leading them to Babi Yar. Stadnik, who was seven at the time, managed to escape, thanks to his Ukrainian neighbors.