The remains of 286 Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust have been uncovered in two basements in a town in southwest Ukraine.

The remains, mostly women and children, will be buried in a mass grave in the ancient Jewish cemetery in Satanov and a memorial park will be built to honour the victims.

The town had an organized Jewish community for about 500 years before the Nazis captured it in 1941 and began systematically killing its Jews, according to the Yad Vashem website.

On May 15, 1942, Nazi troops and Ukrainian military police locked the 286 Jews in the cellars and suffocated them.

After World War II, the bodies were left in place in the cellars with a sign indicating that they were Nazi victims. The ruined house above them eventually covered the cellars with a heap of rubble and an outdoor market operated over the area for many years.

There was suspicion that the buildings housed the remains of Holocaust victims. Rabbi Alexander Feingold explained the Jewish community waged a six-year legal battle with the property owner to search the cellars. Even though the Jewish community lost in court, there was eventually an agreement made where the site could be searched. Some of the bodies were uncovered in 2019, with the rest being found in July this year.

SIGN OUR PETITION

in support of a National Holocaust Memorial next to Parliament

Related Articles:

“Lebanon has been hijacked by Hezbollah” – After Beirut blasts what comes next?

The Lebanese government has effectively been hijacked by Hezbollah, which must be disarmed. In the wake of the devastating Port of Beirut explosion the people of Lebanon are calling for...

Iran investigating cause of fire at industrial facility near Tehran

A fire broke out at an Iranian industrial area near Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian state TV reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites. “The fire...

Royal Navy to be deployed in Lebanon to assist in Port of Beirut recovery

A Royal Navy ship will be sent to Beirut after the Lebanese city's port was destroyed by a huge explosion.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has authorised the deployment of survey vessel HMS...

16 Beirut port staff arrested, but can investigation be trusted?

Prosecutors in Lebanon said that they have detained 16 port employees following a massive explosion that rocked the capital of Beirut. The news comes amid local media reports that...

Why has France STILL NOT banned Hezbollah?

In April, Germany joined the growing list of nations that outlawed Hezbollah, the Lebanese based terrorist organisation that is under the direct control of Iran. This decision followed...

Subscribe to start receiving FREE TORCH magazines from CUFI UK