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Ukrainian Shoah database released

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A database of Ukrainian Holocaust victims and survivors was turned over to a Yad Vashem representative.

The database, with information collected during a gathering of survivors in Ukraine’s Charkassy and Chernigovskaya regions, includes the testimonies of survivors or relatives of the victims, a list of Holocaust victims including more than 3,000 names identified and published for the first time, places of execution and photos.

The information will be used for a joint project between the Jewish Council of Ukraine and Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, called the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project.

“For the first time on the territory of one of the former Soviet republics, we received data from every possible source concerning the history of Jews during the Holocaust in two of Ukraine’s regions,” said Boris Maftsir, a manager of the project in the former Soviet Union.

The handover of the database’s disks took place during a meeting Jan. 30 to discuss the project, whose participants include Jewish leaders and survivors, diplomats and righteous people, representatives of Jewish international and Israeli organizations, researchers and students, and journalists.

The Jewish Council of Ukraine and Yad Vashem initiated and co-organized the event.

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