Historians in shock: the remains of the executed in the Ukrainian Kovel plaster walls

Terrible in its cynicism, the story told by journalists of the Ukrainian portal”.ru”. With reference to the representatives of local history organizations in Volyn region, they said in the city of Kovel local authorities and businessmen shamelessly “developing” sand pits that were mass graves of prisoners of war and civilians of WWII. Sand with dust and bones goes to local construction sites, where it is used for plastering. And then this “hellish mixture” trim of the house.


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The first information about the solubility of terror, posted by head of Volyn regional organization of veterans of Ukraine Alexander Bulavin. “That is the attitude to the history of pow camps in Volyn. A recent example identifying a hit graves in Coverscom career, the bones of which have carried around town, they shamefully plastered the school and homes” he said in his video.

We will remind, near Kovel in the years 1942-44 there was a pow camp, Stalag No. 301. After the war, a special Commission found at Kovel 69 mass graves, which were more than 10 thousand victims of the Nazis. But in the new Ukraine about this sad page of history forgotten. Last year it career came excavator, which has disturbed the remains of thousands and thousands of innocent victims once the under layers of sand revealed a mountain of skulls and bones, arrived at the scene, ethnographers, historians and archaeologists. Then arrived the Executive Director of the Volyn religious community of progressive Judaism Sergei Tvardovskiy, who rightly believed that in the quarry are the remains of the executed Jewish children. However, the authorities of the region don’t like it. At the Commission meeting of the Volyn regional administration the representative of the Institute of national remembrance, which urged “to avoid the Jews and Gypsies because they just settle for something, and then say that this is the burial”… In Kovel, indeed, came from Jerusalem, the representatives of the “Chevra Kadisha” who believed that here could find the “last refuge” of the Jews from the ghetto of the old city after the mass shooting of the summer of 1942.

Jewish mutual community insisted that the quarry need to fill and arrange it on a memorial. But instead, the authorities began persecution of ethnographers, historians and social activists. “We are tired of the lawlessness of officials and their barbaric treatment of the history of our country. Here we are in the course of the year repeatedly addressed these glaring facts to the police, the Prosecutor’s office, city Council, regional Council. In the end, the Governor at our request, a Commission was created but it all those against whom we stand,” — said one of the participants of the search movement of the portal”.ru”. It is not surprising that local bureaucrats don’t want to deal with the issue of quarries. Because the land there for a long time distributed under zastroike and leased to the business, which is extracting the sand. Which, after waiting a bit, continued the business, however, trying to sift the sand, having large bones. Small — do not count. This sand is regularly received and supplied to local construction. According to Bulavin, sand with bones applied even when carrying out plastering work in inter-district high school. “The school was decorated with the remains of red army” – sadly he said.

By the way, the government of Volhynia erase the memory of the tragedy not only in Kovel, but in the Lutsk, which was demolished synagogue. And the place where the ghetto — outside the Cathedral , 13, all the while trying to build up. But the local historian defending it.

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