Today in Prokhorov Square in Odessa, which has important historical and cultural significance, as it houses the Holocaust Memorial, the Road to Death Memorial, and the Alley of the Righteous of the World, a ceremony honoring the memory of Ukrainians took place who rescued Jews during World War II. The event was attended by First Deputy Chief of the Odessa Regional Military Administration Borys Voloshenkov.
“This place, where we are today, has a sad history, because it was from here in September 1941 that Jews were abducted” by the road of death. ” Israel has awarded thousands of Ukrainian citizens, including residents of Odessa, the title of “Righteous Among the Nations” for saving Jews from the Holocaust. Ukraine ranks fourth in the world in the number of such titles. Today we honor the feat of each of these people: both those who were awarded titles and those whose names, unfortunately, history has not preserved, “- said the First Deputy Head of the Odessa OVA Boris Voloshenkov.
The righteous peoples of the world are considered to be people who were not Jews by nationality, but risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.
It will be recalled that as of January 1, 2020, 2,659 citizens of Ukraine were awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel for saving Jews from the Holocaust, ie the Nazi policy of extermination. At the same time, thousands of rescuers remain unrecognized and unknown.