Mogilev Jews request Shoah memorial

Jews in the Belarusian city of Mogilev again have asked local authorities for permission to erect a Holocaust memorial.

Boris Golbinberg, the head of the Mogilev Jewish community, told JTA it was the fourth request in the past several years.

“In October, Belarus will mark the 65th anniversary of the annihilation of the Minsk ghetto,” Golbinberg said. “We want the stone to be erected by this date.”

The memorial would be placed on the site of Mogilev ghetto, where more than 10,000 Jews perished.

“Many people were killed there,” Golbinberg said. “Even if it were just one victim, it would be proper to erect a monument.”

He said the project would cost several thousand dollars and be financed by private donations.

The eastern Belarusian city at the turn of the 21st century had a Jewish population of about 1,700.

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