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Ukraine may turn Jewish cemetery into memorial

Odessa may meet the demands of local Holocaust survivors to turn a former Jewish cemetery into a memorial. The Ukrainian Black Sea port’s City Council will decide the matter in coming weeks. Roman Borodavko, head of the council’s cultural affairs department, was quoted by a city news agency as saying that the department “has all necessary documents to give the status of a memorial to the former Jewish cemetery.” According to Semyon Golvard, architect of the project, two memorials would be built on the site: one to the victims of anti-Jewish pogroms of 1905 and another to victims of the Holocaust. The project was initiated by Odessa’s regional association of Jewish former prisoners of concentration camps and ghettos.