International Project “Protecting Memory”. Opening ceremonies of the memorials (autumn, 2019)
On 16-19 of September 2019, the opening ceremonies of nine sites of memory, information stands and open-air exhibitions about the Holocaust took place in Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regions (oblasts). These openings summed up three-year work done in the frames of the “Protecting Memory” project. Opening ceremonies of the sites of memory and information stands were held in Berdychiv, Khazhyn, Barashi, Samhorodok, Chukiv, Lypovets, Vakhnivka and Plyskiv. Earlier this year, six more sites had been opened on the mass graves of Roma and Jews.
The main contribution in this project was made by local scholars, teachers and their pupils who looked for the documents, collected testimonies and information about the history of their own localities and fates of their compatriots in the years of the Second World War.
“They were our neighbors”, stressed speakers during the opening ceremonies. Family members of the Holocaust survivors as well as their rescuers were also present at some of these events.
The “Protecting Memory” project has started in 2010 as the initiative of the foreign ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; Ukrainian partner is the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies.
Photos: Anna Voitenko, Erinnerung bewahren - Protecting Memory
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