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October 21 on the Alley of Memory in Yar a-Kdushim a solemn opening ceremony of the Memorial in memory of the victims of the Jewish ghettos in Belarus took place.
On the front side of the stone stele, under the contour image of Belarus in three languages (Hebrew, Belarusian and English), is carved:
in memory of 800,000 Jews who died during the Holocaust on Belarusian soil, and in gratitude to the Belarusians-Righteous Among the Nations. In 1941-1944. in Belarus, the German invaders created and destroyed more than 370 ghettos.
The creation of the memorial was a joint initiative of the All-Israeli Union of immigrants from Belarus and the Embassy of Belarus in Israel, which was supported by the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kaemet le-Israel) and representatives of Israeli business.
The event was attended by members of the government and parliament of the State of Israel, representatives of the Bureau office of the head of the Israeli government “Nativ”, the Jewish National Fund, other state and public organizations, as well as some municipalities of Israel.
The event brought together about 200 participants, most of them – members of the Belarusian community in Israel, headed by the head of the Association of immigrants from Belarus Mikhail Alshansky.
Speaking at the opening of the event, Ambassador of Belarus Yevgeny Vorobyov noted the special symbolism in the fact that it takes place on the days of the 79th anniversary of the destruction of Minsk ghetto, as well as in the year of Historical Memory in Belarus and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Belarusian-Israeli diplomatic relations. Recalling the terrible price paid by the Belarusian people during the Second World War, he emphasized the deep historical connection between Belarusians and Jews, who shared the ordeal of the Nazi genocide and the Holocaust of European Jewry on Belarusian soil.
At the end of the ceremony, after reading the memorial Jewish prayer Kaddish, the participants of the event laid wreaths and flowers at the memorial, as well as stones – according to Jewish tradition.
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