Rohatyn update

 

Rohatyn, Ukraine: Monument to 12 individuals whose remains were discovered under a church. Photo courtesy of Alex Denisenko/Rohatyn Jewish Cemetery Project

Rohatyn, Ukraine: Monument to 12 individuals whose remains were discovered under a church. Photo courtesy of Alex Denisenko/Rohatyn Jewish Heritage Project

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.”

Marla also reports that the fragments of gravestones recovered from the town have now been transported to the “old” Jewish cemetery, where they will eventually be used to form a monument.
Fragments of headstones transported to the Jewish cemetery. Photo: Alex Denisenko/Rohatyn Jewish heritage group

Fragments of headstones transported to the Jewish cemetery. Photo: Alex Denisenko/Rohatyn Jewish heritage project

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  1. Today an article nytnow: practical ethics by Karsten Moran:” A scientist and ethicist dive into a complex question ; wether or not it is immoral to use data from nazi medical experiments”,an article hard to overlook,hard to overlook stunningly and nauseating ,so I had to tell you ,not directly related to your update,but causing such an overwhelming bitterness and ja an indelible sadness;you will understand,that is out of the question.[nytnow 13.06.2015].l
    Have a good new week!

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