New Memorial to Honor Holocaust Victims in Belarus

BOBRUISK, Belarus - This week in the capital of Belarus, the Minsk Sculpture Plant has begun work on preparing the memorial to victims of the Bobruisk ghetto. According to the chairman of of the Jewish community of Bobruisk, Leonid Rubinshtein, the detailed work on the sculpture will resemble a defeated city as a symbol of the many broken human lives.

With the fundamental preparation of the stone achieved, workers have already begun to work on the text that will be written on a granite slab. It will read ?Prisoners of the Bobruisk Ghetto. July-November 1941. You loved life? on the left side, while the right side will display an excerpt from the Torah: ?May your souls be intertwined with the eternal unit of life?.

The concept behind erecting this commemorative monument was put forward by Leonid Rubenshtein and immediately received moral backing by his fellow community members. The sculpture fulfilling the work is Maxim Petrul according to the design of Galina Levina.

The memorial will stand on the site of the former Bobruisk ghetto on Bakharova Street (formerly named Shosseiniy). The project is expected to be completed by the end of September or early October of this year, with its inauguration slated to take place in October. It is timed to coincide with the 65-year anniversary of the ghetto?s ?liquidation? ? the ultimate death of its Jewish residents.

The Jewish community of Bobruisk is a member of the Association of Jewish Communities of Belarus, an affiliate of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS.



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