The Russian Jewish Congress opened a memorial to the Holocaust victims under the “To Return Dignity” program in Krasnodar Krai. The granite monument was erected at the site of 202 people execution; most of them were Jewish refugees from present Moldova and Romania. The Nazis shot them in September 1942.

The ceremony was attended by Rabbi of the Jewish community of Krasnodar Arie Leib Tkach, the Holocaust survivor Eduard Groysberg, head of Shcherbinovsky district Sergey Tsirulnik, Chairman of the Jewish community of Rostov-on-Don Mikhail Potapov, head of the RJC memorial programs Ekaterina Lazareva, the Novoshcherbinovskaya resident who initiated this monument installation Valentina Kuznetsova, and other local residents.

At the mourning rally, the appeal of the RJC President Yuri Kanner was read over: “202 innocent women, men, and children killed here by the Nazis in September 1942 can not be raised from the dead. The threads of new lives that could have been drawn from them and, in particular, from 55 children who were killed along with their relatives in the shooting clough, were cut off forever. The only thing we can do is to ensure that their lives and tragic deaths are remembered and their memory is cherished. This is our contribution to the restoration of justice on earth.”

It was the first monument commemorating the Holocaust victims under the “To Restore Dignity” program opened in Krasnodar Krai — one of Russia’s largest regions by number of Righteous Among the Nations. “I would not be standing here without the Righteous Among the Nations. Neither I nor my relatives would be born. You stand for good people. This is something that can win,” Rabbi Arie Leib Tkach said at the ceremony.

“They came from far away in the hope that everything was all over. But here, in this place, their hope died,” Eduard Groysberg reminded.

The memorial in Novoshcherbinovskaya is the 81st established monument under the “To Return Dignity” program. And it is the first one erected this year: it ushered the 11th season of this memorial project. By the end of the year, it is planned to open about twenty more monuments.