2019-09-05 16:00:00

Russian Jews to unveil monument to Roma victims of Nazism

Moscow, September 5, Interfax - On September 10, in the village of Alexandrovka in the Smolensk Region the Russian Jewish Congress will open a memorial to 176 gypsies - residents of the collective farm named after Stalin's Constitution. Nazi killed them here in April 1942, the RJC press service told Interfax.

"It is the first monument of such kind in Russia set up by Jews to commemorate Gypsies, who, according to Hitler's doctrine, also had to be exterminated due to their nationality," the congress press secretary Mikhail Savin said.

The monument in Alexandrovka will be made in form of a granite slab with names of the people killed there. It was made in frames of the RJC program To Return Dignity dedicated to commemoration of the Holocaust victims in Russia.

Since 2009, when the program started, 67 monuments have been opened in Russia in places of mass shootings and burials of Jews during the war. The project also focuses on restoring the names and searching unknown places of burials.