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The Mass Graves of Yanov, Ukraine

Today is Holocaust Rememberance Day

My father's family comes from the town of Yanov, which is half way between Breslev and Berditchev in the central Ukraine.

There are two mass graves in Yanov. The first, pictured directly below, is where 2500 Jews from the Carpathian area were loaded on cattle cars and shipped north. The Nazis decided to spare the fuel that the continued journey to the concentration camps would require, and pulled the Jews off the train at this crossroads, made them dig a tremendous pit where the memorial is behind the white wall in the background, and machine gunned them.

Mass Grave #1 - Yanov junction, 2500 JewsYanov_mass_grave_2

The second mass grave (photo below), in Yanov township amidst the old Jewish cemetary, holds the 1000 Jews of Yanov that were killed in a house-to-house extermination by SS stormtroops. They were then thrown in a mass pit. Among these Jews are my father's aunts, uncles, and cousins. Today, I'm involved in caring for this site. If I don't, then the Ukranians will turn it into a potato field.


We'll never forget. Ever.


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Thank you for sharing this. Hashem yakum damam.

I actually spent a month in the Ukraine over fifteen years ago on a mini-shlichut. The whole country is one big Jewish graveyard. Every town and village has a pit where they murdered all local Jews. It may have changed since then, but at the time, at Babi Yar, the site of the most atrocious mass murder (about 33,000 Jews within a few days), the memorial sign just said that Soviet citizens victims of the Nazis had been murdered. No mention of Jews whatsoever.

I'll just add that the Ukraine of 2001 was just as antisemitc as ever. In just a few weeks, I experienced more antisemitic violence than I had in my whole life. And the local Jews related the endemic antisemitism they endured on a constant basis.

If only the remaining Jews there, many of who are sole survivors from their communities, could be brought to Israel.


From a recent ADL global antisemitism poll:

38% of the general population hold antisemitic views, but the older they are the more antisemtic they are: 44% of over 50s are antisemitic, and men more antisemitic than women.

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