Launch of Holocaust Project to Remember 27,000 Victims
The Jewish Community of Rostov has launched a Holocaust Memorial Project to commemorate the 27,000 Jews killed in a mass grave at Zmievskaya Balka in Rostov. Other famous locations of Nazi genocides are well documented, like the well-known forest of Babi Yar. The Rostov massacre was somehow overlooked while piecing together the tragedies that befell our people in that dark time, and we don’t want the names of those innocent victims to be forgotten. We are currently gathering names, stories and photos to be included in an extensive multilingual memorial website.
This project was initiated by Mr. Yuri Dombrovsky from Moscow, who is also generously funding it. This initiative comes shortly after the memorial service held at Zmievskaya Balka attended by students of the Or Avner Jewish Day School and by community members.
During the memorial event Rabbi Chaim Danzinger said “This year the world celebrates 65 years since the defeat of the Nazis. Den Pobedi (Victory Day in Russian) is not only an event which took place 65 years ago, rather it’s an ongoing victory which is taking place every single day. Every time we visit the synagogue, every time we light shabbat candles or celebrate Jewish holidays and traditions, we are defeating the Nazis!”.
To learn more about this project please visit: www.RememberingRostov.com.