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Russia: Jews lead memorial for 27,000 killed on anniv. of Zmievskaya Balka massacre01:35

Russia: Jews lead memorial for 27,000 killed on anniv. of Zmievskaya Balka massacre

Russian Federation, Rostov-on-Don
August 11, 2017 at 17:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Mourners, many of them relatives and members of the local Jewish community, joined the symbolic funeral procession ‘March of the Living’ in Rostov-on-Don, Thursday, to mark 75 years since some 27,000 people were killed by Nazi soldiers in the 1942 Zmievskaya Balka tragedy.

Mourners wore black armbands and the identifying yellow six-pointed star that Jews had to wear through the years of the occupation.

Chief Rabbi of Rostov-on-Don and Southern Federal District Haim Danzinger explained that the massacre needed to be remembers because “it is in our debt; we owe it to them to come here.”

March participant Natalya Petrova recounted how her relatives had been caught in the cross fire, which was let loose on a bridge in Rostov-on-Don. “When the Germans came, they tried to leave across the bridge. There were many people on the bridge, they were being shot at from all directions”, she said.

The Zmievskaya Balka tragedy was Russia’s largest Holocaust massacre, with some 27,000 people being killed in total, 15,000 of whom were Jews.

The memorial service was jointly led by the Russian affiliate of the World Jewish Congress and the local Rostov government.

Russia: Jews lead memorial for 27,000 killed on anniv. of Zmievskaya Balka massacre01:35
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Mourners, many of them relatives and members of the local Jewish community, joined the symbolic funeral procession ‘March of the Living’ in Rostov-on-Don, Thursday, to mark 75 years since some 27,000 people were killed by Nazi soldiers in the 1942 Zmievskaya Balka tragedy.

Mourners wore black armbands and the identifying yellow six-pointed star that Jews had to wear through the years of the occupation.

Chief Rabbi of Rostov-on-Don and Southern Federal District Haim Danzinger explained that the massacre needed to be remembers because “it is in our debt; we owe it to them to come here.”

March participant Natalya Petrova recounted how her relatives had been caught in the cross fire, which was let loose on a bridge in Rostov-on-Don. “When the Germans came, they tried to leave across the bridge. There were many people on the bridge, they were being shot at from all directions”, she said.

The Zmievskaya Balka tragedy was Russia’s largest Holocaust massacre, with some 27,000 people being killed in total, 15,000 of whom were Jews.

The memorial service was jointly led by the Russian affiliate of the World Jewish Congress and the local Rostov government.

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