Bodies of 286 Jews Found in Basement in Sataniv, Ukraine #ukraine #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

The European Jewish Congress reports that bodies of 286 Jews murdered in the Holocaust were found in a basement in Sataniv, Ukraine.  Searches began on the site in 2019, and one by one, bones and articles of clothing of those savagely killed was found. Among the rubble was a mezuzah, suggesting the ruins above the basement once belonged to  Jewish family.


The remains of the Jewish people left in the basement were collected to be taken for burial in the city’s ancient Jewish cemetery.


Sataniv was known to have had an organized Jewish community where pioneers of the Haskalah movement once lived.  The Nazis infiltrated the town in May 1942 and killed 800 people, the majority of whom were Jewish.


It took years in legal battles before searches could begin in 2019 where they found the remains of the bodies.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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