New Memorial in Cherkaskaya Oblast
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                  New Memorial in Cherkaskaya Oblast

                  On October 17, a new memorial to the victims of Jewish pogroms in Dubova village (former Dubova town) of Uman' region, Cherkaskaya oblast (Ukraine). This was the first project of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress program on memorializing places of mass burials for the tragedy of 1919. This project was initiated by the All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Path of Mercy,” founded by Alexander Klimenko, in a partnership with the EAJC and the VAAD Ukraine (VAAD leader is EAJC General Council Chairman Josef Zisels). Historic information on the tragic fate of the Jews of the village was collected by the Center for Jewish Education of Ukraine (Center Director Yana Yanover), who sent an expedition to the village as part of the project for cataloging and restoration of Jewish cemeteries, supported by the Belgiam charity foundation “Lo Tishkach.” The initiative of immortalizing the Jewish victims of the pogroms of 1919 was heartily supported by the locals, the administration of the village, and the Chairman of the village council Yuri Kobizsky.

                  The spring and summer of 1919 saw horrible pogroms in Dubrova town. Only 26 Jews remained alive out of two and a half thousand Jewish residents. Rachel Feihenberg, a local survivor of these pogroms, wrote the book “Chronicle of the Dead City” about these pogroms. Memory of the dead townfolk has always been carefully preserved by the locals, and can even be seen on the Dubova coat of arms, which has a cross, an oak, and five Stars of David in memory of the once-plentiful Jewish population.