Jewish Mass Burial Memorial Vandalized
The memorial acknowledges the massacre of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine in Mykolaiv region
Photo Facebook/Eduard Dolinsky
The Mykolaiv regional police office has initiated a case against unknown vandals, who desecrated the mass grave of over 50,000 Jews who were victims of the Holocaust.
The vandals scratched and painted swastika patterns on the memorial plate indicating the place of the mass murder and burial of 54,600 Jews murdered by Nazi troops in 1941 in the village of Bohdanivka in Mykolaiv region of Ukraine.
The vandals also left an antisemitic note, threatening a “new Holocaust” if the alleged sale of the land goes on. The note also mockingly mentions President Zelensky and the Director-General of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee.
The ambassador of the State of Israel to Ukraine Joel Lion called upon the Ukrainian government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“This is an anti-Semitic hate crime, no doubt, I’m calling upon the Ukrainian government to strongly condemn this crime and promptly bring the perpetrators to justice,” Lion wrote on Twitter.
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergiy Kyslytsia wrote on his Twitter page: “This shameful act of vandalism of strong anti-semitic manifestation, use of Nazi symbols must be investigated by police & charges pressed against suspects. Jews & their heritage is part of Ukraine’s history & present, hence, it’s a crime against Ukraine by its enemies.”
The vandals face up to 6 years of freedom restraint in accordance with article 297 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine — the desecration of a mass grave.