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Commemoration of Jewish Victims

Holocaust survivor Boris Shargorodskiy at the monument in the Pyatnichany Forest Holocaust survivor Boris Shargorodskiy at the monument in the Pyatnichany Forest Monument to the Holocaust victims from Vinnitsa, 2010 Monument to the Holocaust victims from Vinnitsa, 2010 Courtesy of Anna Abakunova, Dnepropetrovsk Monument to Jewish children from Vinnitsa, victims of the Holocaust, 2010 Monument to Jewish children from Vinnitsa, victims of the Holocaust, 2010 Courtesy of Anna Abakunova, Dnepropetrovsk Monument to the Holocaust victims from Vinnitsa District, 2010 Monument to the Holocaust victims from Vinnitsa District, 2010 Courtesy of Anna Abakunova, Dnepropetrovsk

Soon after the end of the war Holocaust survivors from Vinnitsa collected money and erected a monument to local Holocaust victims on Maksimovich Street at the edge of the Pyatnichany forest, where the Jews of Vinnitsa were murdered in 1941 and 1942. Today the monument is a fenced-off memorial complex with three huge mass graves and an obelisk topped by a Star of David and with an inscription in Ukrainian that says: "To the memory of the thousands of Jews brutally tortured to death by the Fascists from September 19, 1941." The survivors gather at the monument annually on the anniversaries of the Vinnitsa massacres to commemorate their dear ones. To the right of this monument an obelisk was erected commemorating the local child victims of the Holocaust. The plain gray obelisk has a Star of David and a plaque with a Ukrainian text saying: "At this place during the war years Fascist hangmen destroyed the hope of the Jewish people,their children. 1941-1945." In recent years another monument was erected in the same area to commemorate the Jews of Vinnitsa District, who were buried in mass graves in Vinnitsa. The monument has a Star of David inscribed on it and inscriptions in Russian and Ukrainian. The text in Russian reads: "Remember! Here are the ashes of fathers and mothers, and of children who were not born. The grief for all those who are resting here does not disappear from our hearts. Remember!!!" The text in Ukrainian reads: "Here is earth from the sites of the mass graves of the Jews who perished at the hands of Fascist occupiers in 1941-1944 on the territory of Vinnitsa District." This inscription is followed by the names of the victims.
In the early 1990s Yurii Rakhman, a Jewish survivor of the Vinnitsa labor camp, initiated the erection of a monument near the villages of Luka-Meleshkovskoye and Parpurovtsy, 15 kilometers southeast of Vinnitsa, where in August 1942 Jewish inmates of Vinnitsa labor camp were murdered. The monument consists of a small fenced off area with a black obelisk with a Russian inscription that reads: "Here victims of Fascism were shot in August 1942." The monument was dedicated on August 25, 1992, the anniversary of the murder of inmates of the Vinnitsa labor camp, during a ceremony attended by Holocaust survivors, representatives of Jewish organizations, and local dignitaries.