KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A monument to Nazi victims was erected in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region.
The memorial complex in the town of Andrushivka was dedicated Thursday. The commemoration ceremony was attended by local officials, rabbis, Israeli diplomats, Jewish community representatives, and World War II veterans and a delegation of Ukrainian-born Israelis.
The monument was built with the financial support of Ukrainian parliamentarian Nikolay Rudchenko and the deputy of the Zhytomyr regional council, Nikolay Oleschenko. The regional Jewish community in Zhytomyr, an area in Ukraine’s north, also helped fund the memorial.
More than 252 Jewish women and 25 children were killed by the Nazis in Andrushivka in August 1941 and, according to Aleks Balshin, an Israeli who was born in Andrushivka, more than 1,390 Jews were killed by the Nazis there in 1941-1943.