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.
Ukraine may turn Jewish cemetery into memorial