Odessa. Every year on October 16 - the day when fascists occupied the city - those, for whom this day was a crucial point in their life, gather in Prokhorovsky Square. From this place, in the wartime, Jews were taken to Sloboda ghetto, prison, and death camps in Domanevka, Bogdanovka, Akhmechetka...
Candles are lit and flowers are put to the monument on this mourning day. People come here to remember the past, and to say once again: "This should not repeat".
But at the same time, as Shlomo Baksht, Chief Rabbi of the city and oblast, said at the mourning meeting, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Odessa occupation: "Today we have the right to call this place the "road of the living" as well. School busses pass it every day when they take pupils to Jewish school. Jewish children and youth grow, learn, and do not forget the history of their people".
Melitopol. The Melitopol Jewish community held a mourning procession dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the shooting of the city Jewish population.
A column of 200 demonstrators - veterans and youth - walked along the road, along which fascists drove people for execution. Around 2000 men, women, and old people were shot near the village of Konstantinovka not far from Melitopol on October 11, 1941. Children were stabbed to death with bayonets and thrown into the ditch. The ditch was 2 kilometers long. Altogether fascists shot 12 thousand people there.
The meeting participants read a funeral prayer for the perished in the Catastrophe, paid homage by a one-minute silence in remembrance of the perished, and laid flowers to the genocide victims' monument.
Sambor. A memorial stone has been erected at the place where the Nazi had killed thousands of Jews. It is in the old Jewish cemetery in the city of Sambor, Lvov oblast.
Another memorial board in remembrance of the Holocaust victims has been opened at the place of Jews' shooting near Sambor as well.
Glukhov. The Jewish Cultural Society "Haverim" has existed in the old town of Glukhov, Sumy region, for three years already.
Before the war the town had three synagogues and three Jewish schools. The synagogues were destroyed, but the buildings of two Jewish schools have been preserved. Thanks to the Kharkov "Joint" department and Sumy Jewish charity center "Khesed Haim", premises have recently been rented for the city Jewish community. Thanks to efforts of Y.Birbrayer, Head of the Glukhov Jewish community, a TV and furniture were bought. The Jewish community has also a library. There one can find literature dedicated to Jewish holidays, Jewish textbooks, fiction, books on the history of Israel creation, Jewish periodicals etc.