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Sunday to Wednesday: 09:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-20:00 *
Fridays and Holiday eves: 09:00-14:00.

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* The Holocaust History Museum, Museum of Holocaust Art, Exhibitions Pavilion and Synagogue are open until 20:00. All other sites close at 17:00.

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Letter of David Dragunskii to Shlomo Mikhoels

On December 4, 1945 David Dragunskii sent a letter to Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee chairman Shlomo Mikhoels in which he wrote:

"After four years of war, I had the opportunity to visit my native region – my home town Novozybkov and Svyatsk, the village where I was born….

For in my home town the German fascist monsters executed my entire family – 74 members of the Dragunsky family in all. But what especially saddened me was that no graves were arranged. The little bones of my sisters and children are scattered about the fields. Cattle trample them – in a word, all human dignity is lost.

And in the village council there is no list of how many, when and who were murdered.

It's true that at my insistence they are now taking action, but these facts induced me to write you a letter and raise the question of delegation to the Anti-Fascist Committee the work of setting up monuments for the executed children, old people, and women.

There are murdered victims of fascism in all cities, towns and villages. There are no graves. Often cattle graze in the fields where human bones are scattered. This doesn't only refer to Jewish victims, but also many partisans, executed children, women, and old people are not buried. You will be doing a great and necessary service through such work. The humiliated victims and the fascists' unheard of degradations will not be forgotten for centuries. It is difficult to forget the four year nightmare. We must erect fences, monuments, and inscriptions everywhere and show dates….

Please raise this question before the responsible organizations.

I pledge to offer you any support I can in this undertaking …"

From: Shimon Redlich, War, Holocaust, and Stalinism: A Documented Study of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee in the USSR, Luxembourg, 1995, pp. 231–232.