Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Kerch Jewish Museum (Crimea) #ukraine


Flo Elman
 

In KERCH, Crimea, Ukraine, the community has assembled a collection of
Jewish tombstones used to pave roads and build fences after the war. They
will become the focus for the Kerch Jewish Museum, which is dedicated to the
community's history covering "customs and traditions of Jews in the Kerch area
through Jewish artifacts dating as far back as the 18th century". The museum is
housed in the synagogue which was returned to the remains of the Jewish community
only in 2000. Jewish cemeteries no longer exist in today's Crimea.
Paraphrased >from the JTA News...

The article stated, "The town's first Jewish monument since World War II, shaped
like an open book of Torah will be erected shortly at Bagerov Yar, the site of a
massacre of Kerch Jews during the Holocaust."

The entire article can be read at
http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=17132&intcategoryid=2

Florence Elman
Founder & former coordinator of the Ukraine SIG.

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