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Holocaust Memorial, Minsk

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Basic Information

Location 53° 54′ 35.36″ N, 27° 32′ 33.81″ E
Country Belarus
City Minsk
Address Corner of Melnikayte and Zaglavskaya Streets

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 53.90983,27.54356


Summary

The Holocaust Memorial in Minsk is also called the Pit. It is a monument on the corner of Melnikayte and Zaglavskaya streets devoted to the victims of the Holocaust in Minsk, Belarus. It is on the site where, on March 2, 1942, the Nazi forces shot about 5000 prisoners of the nearby Minsk Ghetto.

General

The obelisk was created in 1947 and in 2000 a bronze sculpture entitled "The Last Way" was added. It represents a group of doomed martyrs, walking down the steps of the pit. The sculpture was created by Belorussian artist, Chairman of the Jewish communities of Belarus, Leonid Levin, and sculptor from Israel Elsa Pollack. On the obelisk is written in Russian and Yiddish "The bright memory of five times the light of thousands of Jews who perished at the hands of sworn enemies of humanity - German-fascist monsters."

When reconstruction of the memorial was undertaken no machinery was used and all work done by hand, a process which took eight years to complete. According to the original plan for the group sculpture it was to be more detailed but eventually was left with an expressive aesthetic, devoid of national colors, and includes figures of a violinist, children, and a pregnant woman who represent more collective characters. The memorial has been a target for vandalism.


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