We have posted in the past about the recovery of fragments of Jewish headstones in the Ukrainian town of Rohatyn, and efforts by the Rohatyn Jewish heritage project to return them to the sites of the desecrated Jewish cemeteries there and create a monument.
We also posted about the discovery in 2012 of the the remains of 12 individuals (men, women, and children) in an underground cavity beneath the town’s the Ukrainian Church. The discovery took place during renovation of the church.. This Church during WW2 bordered the Jewish ghetto, and there had long been stories of Jewish families who hid in underground bunkers and tunnels. A medical examination determined that the remains were complete and likely be at least 50 years old; they were judged probably to be those of Jews.
The Rohatyn Project’s Marla Raucher Osborn reports that the remains, which were reburied in Rohatyn’s “new” Jewish cemetery in December 2013, are now marked by a monument that was recently erected thanks to the efforts of Rohatyn group descendants, researcher Alex Denisenko, the local retired teacher and Ukrainian historian Mykhailo Vorobets, and the priest of the church.
The memorial reads:
“The remains of 12 individuals, discovered in a cavity below the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Rohatyn, and believed to be Jews who died in town during World War II, were buried here in December 2013, with respect, by representatives of the church of Rohatyn and the synagogue of Ivano-Frankivsk.”