Hrodna Jews march in memory of former ghetto


Despite the snow, the memory march in Hrodna gathered about 100 people.

The Hrodno based Jewish community “Menora” remembered the victims of the Holocaust during the prayer march in Hrodna streets. The event was attended by about a hundred people – mostly residents of Hrodna, representatives of the community. They were joined by the Minsk Rabbi Grigory Abramovich, as well as representatives of the Orthodox clergy and the Lutheran community.

Far left – Orthodox priest Georgi Roy, in the center – a Lutheran pastor Uladzimir Tatarnikau

Initially, the participants planned to march through the entire old city: from the Bahdanovicha street where the Jewish cultural center is placed, to the great synagogue in the Trayetskaya. However, due to the snow and cold weather, the march was reduced: they walked from the symbolic entrance to the ghetto to the Castle synagogue.

Rabbi Grigory Abramovich

Several people spoke before the crowd, some old-timers even recited poetry. In general, the majority of participants were elderly people, it is not surprising that the organizers reduced the program, taking into account the age and state of health of community members. Such processions are held in Hrodna for the second year.

The Hrodna ghetto existed from November 1941 until May 1943, when the city was declared ‘Judenfrei’ or free of Jews. In total, 42 thousand jews passed through the ghetto, of whom about 20 thousand were killed. The war completely redrew the ethnic map of the city, considering that in 1930 every second resident of Hrodna was a Jew (30 thousand jews out of 60 thousand inhabitants).

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