Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

Swastika and SS logo found spray-painted on Hebrew inscription in Ukrainian town of Ternopil

Illustrative: A vandalized Holocaust memorial in the Ukrainian town of Ternopil. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Illustrative: A vandalized Holocaust memorial in the Ukrainian town of Ternopil. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves.

The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument and the SS symbol on the part in English.

Police have no suspects in connection with the incident, which occurred earlier this month.

Eduard Dolinsky, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, described the vandalism in a post Friday on Facebook.

В Тернополе осквернили памятник жертвам Холокоста. На памятнике на трёх языках написано о том, что монумент установлен в…

Posted by Eduard Dolinsky on Friday, March 24, 2017

Elsewhere in Ukraine, building contractors helped the Jews of Kovel remove tons of debris made up of headstones from the former graves of Jewish residents in the town, which is located about 150 miles north of Ternopil. The headstones were smashed during the time of communist rule to be used for building roads.

Thirteen trucks delivered the debris to the office of Ilya Miretskiy, the head of the Jewish community of the district of Volyn, where Kovel is located. The community wants to piece together whatever headstones are salvageable.

В Ковеле на территории бывшей военной части нашли мацейвы. Еврейскими надгробиями была выложена дорога. Глава Волынской…

Posted by Eduard Dolinsky on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Another restoration effort was completed recently near Odessa, where the director of a local Holocaust museum, Pavel Kozlenko, led a team of volunteers who reassembled headstones marking the burial place of Holocaust victims. The tombstones had been knocked down by wind or damaged by corrosion.

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