A Jewish cemetery in Hlukhiv, Ukraine was damaged due to Russian shelling on Sunday, where many of those buried were victims of a 1918 pogrom.
The burial site of approximately 1500 Jews, many of the Jews buried in the cemetery were victims of a 1918 pogrom. Among them are Samuel Nokhimovich Shumyatsky, an older brother of a well-known rabbi, and a shochet, or butcher, named Ber Izrailevich Barkan, according to Ukraine’s Kourier news site.
Reacting to the loss, Ukrainian Minister of Culture Oleksander Tkachenko said in a statement, “This is not only a monument to history, it is a special symbol for the entire Jewish people,” Ukrainian Minister of Culture Oleksander Tkachenko said in a statement. “The proof that all the higher powers are on our side is that the graves of the chief tsadik [Hasidic spiritual leader] have survived.”
As a result of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, several significant Jewish structures have been damaged and destroyed. These include the destruction of the Babyn Yar memorial, as well as shelling in Uman, a Jewish pilgrimage site, as evidence that Russian forces are trying to obliterate Ukrainian history. At least one other Holocaust memorial, on the outskirts of Kharkiv, was damaged in the war. Meanwhile, the Hillel in Kharkiv, housed in a historic building in that city’s center, was destroyed early on as well.