Workers discover mass Jewish grave in Ukraine | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
Workers discover mass Jewish grave in Ukraine.World War II-era site is believed to contain thousands of bodies; it was found by chance. Pipeline diggers unearthed a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said Tuesday, a grim finding in a nation that one Holocaust expert described as “an enormous killing field.” The grave was found by chance last month when workers were laying gas pipelines in the village of Gvozdavka-1, about 110 miles northwest of the Black Sea port city of Odessa, said Roman Shvartsman, a spokesman for the regional Jewish community. The Nazis established two ghettos during World War II near the village and brought Jews there from Odessa and what is now the nation of Moldova, Shvartsman said.
In November 1941, Nazi officials set up a concentration camp in the area and killed about 5,000 people. “Several thousand Jews executed by the Nazis lie there,” Shvartsman said. The Jewish community was aware of the mass murder at the time, but no one knew where the bodies were buried, he said. (…) Anatoly Podolsky, director of the Ukrainian Center for Holocaust Studies, said there are believed to be some 250 to 350 mass grave sites dating from the Nazi occupation, during which some 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews are believed to have been killed. The number includes those massacred near their homes and those sent to death camps.
siehe auch: Mass grave found in Ukraine. The victims appear to be Jews killed by Nazis during World War II; In Ukraine, Mass Grave Found Of Jews Killed in Holocaust. Pipeline diggers unearthed a mass grave believed to contain thousands of Jews slaughtered in Ukraine during World War II, a Jewish community spokesman said yesterday, a grim finding in a nation that one Holocaust expert described as “an enormous killing field.”