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Monument to the Kishinev Pogrom Victims

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Monument to the Kishinev Pogrom Victims


Basic Information

Location str. Milano, Kishinev
Country Moldova, Republic of
City Kishinev

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.heritageabroad.gov/Portals/0/documents/reports/Moldova_Report_FINAL.pdf
Geographical Coordinates 47.03668,28.79818


In 1903, a young Christian Russian boy, Mikhail Rybachenko, was found murdered in the town of Dubossary, 37 km northeast of Kishinev. A Russian language anti-Semitic newspaper "Bessarabian" began to disseminate rumors about the murder being part of a Jewish ritual. Although the official investigation had determined the lack of any ritualism in the murder and eventually discovered that the boy had been killed by a relative (who was later found), the unrest caused by these and other rumors had resulted in a major pogrom during the Easter holidays. The pogrom lasted for three days, without the intervention of the police. Forty seven (some say 49) Jews were killed, 92 severely wounded, 500 slightly wounded and over 700 houses destroyed. Many of the younger Jews, including Mendel Portugali, made an effort to defend the community.

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