KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Holocaust victims in Sevastopol were remembered in a ceremony in the Ukrainian city.
Holocaust survivors and Crimean Jews joined local politicians and leaders of Armenian and Belarusian national and cultural organizations in Sunday’s ceremony marking the 67th anniversary of a Nazi massacre of Jews in the Black Sea port city.
More than 4,200 citizens of Sevastopol, mainly Jews, were killed in 1942 by the Nazis.
Boris Gelman, leader of the Sevastopol Jewish community, said that “During World War II, many Jews were not only victims but active participants in the Red Army as well. Over 500,000 Jews fought in the ranks of the Soviet army and 260,000 of them were killed during the war.”
The Holocaust monument where the ceremony was held has been vandalized several times in recent years.