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Holocaust Monument, Brailov, Ukraine

Brailov Holocaust Memorial, Ukraine. Commission Member Ari Storch raised the funds to restore the memorial.

Fifty plus years ago, the Jewish community of Zmerinka, which is near Brailov, erected a wall and monument to the Holocaust. By 2002, the deteriorated monument and wall were in serious need of restoration.

During 2002, the Commission assisted in the restoration of the monument to 3,000 Jews killed by Nazi German troops on February 12, 1942  then 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, raised half of the funds.

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. Representatives of the U.S., Israeli, and German embassies in Kiev joined Commission Member Storch and approximately 200 people in the ceremony. The event was broadcast on Ukrainian television.


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