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Commemoration of Jewish Victims

Contemporary view of the Holocaust monument near the town of Shepetovka
Photo by Eugene Shnaider, 2013 Contemporary view of the Holocaust monument near the town of Shepetovka
Photo by Eugene Shnaider, 2013
Genesis Philanthropy Group project Marble plaque near the monument 
Photo by Eugene Shnaider, 2013  Marble plaque near the monument
Photo by Eugene Shnaider, 2013
Genesis Philanthropy Group project

After the war Faina Ostrovskaya, a Holocaust survivor, funded the erection of a memorial stone near the house into which the bodies of the Jews murdered in January 1942 were thrown. The plaque on the stone lists in Yiddish the names of some of the victims:
Khaim Maister, Zvi Mendel, Zeev Milman, Tardas, the shoichet (ritual slaughterer), Shalom Yosef Yoavin, Leizer Lemberg, Shimon Shneider and his wife.
The remaining Jews of the town used to gather annually to recite a memorial prayer at the site.
During the post-war period the remaining Jews from Shepetovka and its surroundings tried to obtain permission from the local authorities to fence off the murder site of the Jews from Sudilkov, Shepetovka, and nearby localities at the Tsetukha Forest and to erect a monument at this site. Since there was no response on the part of the authorities the Jews of Shepetovka collected money, fenced off the site, and erected a monument that indicated that Soviet civilians were murdered at the site. Apparently after the Soviet era in independent Ukraine, a monument in a shape of a lit menorah, a symbol of the Jewish people, was erected at the site, thus clearly indicating the Jewish identity of the victims. On its left side there is a black marble plaque with an inscription in Ukrainian that says:
"At this place during the years of World War Two over 9 thousand civilians of the Jewish nationality from the town of Shepetovka and nearby localities were shot to death by the Fascists."
Near the monument there is also a monument commemorating those in the Red Army who fell in the fight against Germany.