As part of the project of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine “The Righteous People of My City”, a Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and the Righteous Among the Nations has been unveiled in Melitopol, Zaporizhia region. This has been shared by the JCU President Boris Lozhkin on his Facebook page.
“The composition “Lament for the Unborn” by sculptor Oleksandr Diachenko was installed on Hetmanska Street, along which the Melitopol Jews were led to execution during the years of the occupation. In total, more than 14,000 peaceful residents of Melitopol were killed during the war, 12,000 of them were Jews,” Lozhkin wrote.
According to the JCU President, the installation of the Memorial in Melitopol has become possible thanks to the born in Melitopol member of the Supervisory Board of the JCU Volodymyr Shpilfogel. He agreed with the local authorities on the allocation of the site and sponsored the making of the sculpture, which is the central part of the entire composition.
Like most cities in Ukraine, Melitopol also has its own Righteous. Vera Zemtseva and her daughter Alla Zemtseva-Yesipenko gave shelter to the Jewish girl Zhanna Tsyparska during the Holocaust, despite the real threat to their own lives for harboring Jews. The Memorial is also dedicated to them.
As a reminder, the project of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine “The Righteous People of My City” was launched at the end of 2018. As part of the project, 22 streets, 1 mini-park have already been named after the Righteous Among the Nations; 5 memorial signs have been installed in the cities and villages where people who rescued Jews lived. The Melitopol Memorial has been added to this list.