Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ukraine: Uzhgorod mass grave located

According to the JTA, A Nazi-era mass grave for 200 Jews has been located in Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod) , a western Ukraine city that was part of Hungary prior to WWII, and then known as Ungvar. The city is on the Slovakia/Ukraine border.

The city's chief rabbi, Mendel Teichman, recently discovered an open area in the local Jewish cemetery. It was not fenced; there were no headstones.

Historical documents revealed the site was a mass grave for more than 200 Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Teichman went to the Rabbinical Center of Europe with the news. The RCE is now seeking relatives of those murdered to seek funding to build a fence and a memorial.

1 comment:

  1. Caryn Friedlander LevinsonMarch 8, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    My family lived in Ungvar for many generations until WWII. My great-grandparents, Yakov and Hanna (nee Goldstein) Friedlander were residents of Ungvar during the time of the Nazi invasion. There are headstones for Yakov and Hanna in the Old Jewish Cemetery although it is unknown if they are actually buried there. It is possible the headstones are a memorial marker, placed by other members of the community. It is also possible that they were buried in the recently located mass grave, following their forced relocation to the Moskovitz Brickyard where they perished.