Fifty plus years ago, the Jewish community of Zmerinka, which is near Brailov, erected a small wall around the site, and put up a simple monument. By 2002, the deteriorated monument and wall were in need of restoration.
During 2002, the Commission assisted in the restoration of a monument to 3,000 Jews killed by Nazi troops on February 12, 1942 in Brailov, Ukraine. Commission Member Ari Storch raised the funds to restore the memorial.
Two residents of Massachusetts, Maria and Joseph Lerner who are members of the organization, Victims of the Holocaust and Prisoners of the Zmernika Ghetto in Ukraine, began a campaign to raise the necessary funds. They raised about half.
In response to their request for assistance, Commission Member, The Honorable Ari Storch agreed to raise the rest of the funds needed to complete the restoration.
Of the 3,000 victims, the names of 500 are known. These are inscribed on the monument.
The dedication of the restored monument took place on October 6, 2002. After encouragement by the Commission, representatives of the U.S., Israeli, and German embassies in Kiev joined Commission Member Storch and approximately 200 people in attending the ceremony. The event was broadcast on the Ukrainian television.
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