On Sunday, September 22, the names of the Ukrainians – the Righteous Among the Nations, of the people who saved Jews from the Nazis, risking their own lives, were read out in the Pisky area of Lviv. The event was held as part of the European Day of Jewish Culture and Jewish Heritage, Boris Lozhkin, the President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine (JCU), wrote on his Facebook page.
He emphasized that up to 300,000 persons, most of whom were Jews, had been executed in the Pisky area between 1941 and 1943. The Lviv ghetto - Yaniv Concentration Camp - Pisky. That was the last route for most of the 150,000 Lviv Jews. Only 2,000 Jews survived there.
“Remembering the innocent victims of the Holocaust, one must also remember the heroes for whom the universal values were more valuable than their own lives,” Boris Lozhkin wrote.
According to him, the project of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine “The Righteous People of My City” continues to expand its geography. Sixteen streets in different cities and villages have already been named after the Righteous Among the Nations.
“I hope Lviv will also join the JCU initiative soon,” Boris Lozhkin added.
Earlier, Boris Lozhkin reported that the Jewish Confederation was alarmed by the occurring lately acts of anti-Semitism in Ukraine. Thus, September 15, in the Mykolaiv region, vandals desecrated a monument to the Holocaust victims by painting it with swastikas and pasting a piece of paper with threats. September 17, the same text was found on another desecrated monument in the Kirovohrad region.