September 30, 2009
KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) -- A monument to Holocaust victims was erected in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk.
The memorial complex was dedicated Tuesday on the site of the “New Jewish cemetery,” where a mass grave was found recently. During the Holocaust, the Nazis killed Dnepropetrovsk Jews at the site of the memorial.
Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was an honored guest of the ceremony. Also attending were the mayor of Dnepropetrovsk, local officials, rabbis, Jewish community representatives, residents of Dnepropetrovsk, students of the Ohr Avner Chabad Lubavitch Dnepropetrovsk Jewish School and World War II veterans.
Gennady Bogolyubov, chair of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community, spearheaded the monument with the financial support of Privat Bank.
The Dnepropetrovsk Jewish community opened the New Jewish cemetery in 1903. Victims of pogroms, Soviet repression and the Holocaust are buried there.