COMMUNITY R E P O R T
(2000)


The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities (Vaad) of Ukraine was founded on January 14 1991 and was registered by Ukrainian Ministry of Justice. 265 organizations from 94 cities of Ukraine come under the Vaad. They are 63 religious communities, 56 city communities, 15 charity structures, 17 educational structures, 55 cultural organizations, 10 associations of prisoners of ghettoes and concentration camps, 19 youth organizations, as well as 5 associated member organizations.
The Association is a part of interstate Jewish Confederation - Vaad (CIS), European Council of Jewish Communities, European and Eurasian Jewish Congresses, World Jewish Congress, co-founder of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine.

1. January 9-10, - Participation in European Jewish Congress General Council Meeting in Brussels (Belgium). Address to chiefs of the Jewish communities with a plan for the distribution of the Swiss fund allocations.
2. January 15-16, - Preparation and holding an International seminar "Development of the tolerance between nations". There were 54 representatives of 18 national communities from 20 cities of Ukraine. In the program of the seminar 13 lectures of famous experts of politics, sociologists, historians, philosophers were held, representatives of the national communities addressed a meeting, psychological training were conducted, common projects were worked out, round tables such as "Cooperation in extreme conditions" and "Congress of the national communities of Ukraine - goals and tasks" were conducted.
3. January 15-16, - Preparation of the session of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine's Presidium.
4. January 24-25, - Participation in the session of the World Jewish Congress' General Council (Stockholm).
5. January 26, - Participation in the work of the International Conference on the Holocaust (Stockholm).
6. February 22-23, - Participation in the work of FSU Board on Eastern Europe (Jerusalem). Speech about the situation in Ukraine was made.
7. February 23, - Meeting with the chief of the WZF Organizational Department Josef Vernik (Jerusalem).
8. February 23, - Meeting with the chief of FSU and Eastern Europe department of the "Sochnut" Amos Lahat. Common programs and teachers training's for the program "Zeut Iegudit" were discussed (Jerusalem). .
9. February 23, - Meeting with the chief of the Righteous Department of Yad-Vashem in Jerusalem Mordehai Paldiel.
10. February 23, - At the meeting with senior officials of WJRO Israel Bureau Ambassador Naftaly Lavi and Eliagu Spanitz common projects and the situation around the distribution of the Swiss fund allocations were talked over.
11. February 24, - Meeting with the chief of JDC programs in FSU Steve Schweiger in Jerusalem. Social service in Jewish communities in Ukraine was discussed.
12. March 2, - Meeting with the chief of Sochnut programs in FSU and Eastern Europe Amos Lahat in Kyiv. The project of the teachers training for the program "Zeut Jehudit"
13. March 2 -5, - Participation in the first seminar on the program "Zeut Jehudit"(Puscha-Voditsa).
14. March 10, - Meeting with chief persons of " Even Ezer" fund.
Common projects were talked over.
15. March 11, - Participation in the seminar on human rights " Helsinki-90".
16. March 14, - Participation and signification an agreement with RJC about the seminar for Executive Presidents of the Jewish communities in Crimea.
17. March- The project "Lessons about the Holocaust" started.
18. March 20-27, - Preparation for the meeting of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine's (JCU) Presidium.
19. April 11, - Meeting with Eugene Stahiv (USA).
20. April 10-14, - Preparation for the meeting of the JCU Board.
21. May 1, - Delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU in USA met with senior officials of N.Y. office of UJA (Misha Galperin and other).
22. May 1, - Delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU in USA met with senior officials of World Jewish Congress (Israel Zinger and Ilan Steinberg).
23. May 2, - Meeting with JDC senior officials in N.Y. (Mike Schneider, Amir Shaviv, Asher Ostrin).
24. May 4, - Delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met with senior officials of Claims Conference in N.Y. (Gideon Taylor, Greg Schneider, Miriam Beckon).
25. May 2-7, - Delegation took part in the Annual congress of the American Jewish Committee and in the International leaders' seminar. Delegation consisted of two parts: the first group - 8 members of the JCU Trustee Council, the second group- members of the Vaad of Ukraine's Presidium and the JCU Coordinate Council.
26. May 3, Delegation met with the chief of the International Department of the Holocaust Museum in Washington Wesley Fisher
27. May 5, - Meeting with the USA State Secretary Assistant Mr. Richard Shifter in Washington.
28. May 4, - The delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met with chief persons of American Jewish Congress (Andrew Baker, David Harris, Peter Rozenblat).
29. May 4, -The delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met with Ambassador of Ukraine in USA Konstantin Grischenko.
30. May 5, - Meeting with Bnei-Brith Executive Vice President Dan Maryashin in Washington
31. May 5, - Meeting with the National Conference's Executive Director Mark Levin in Washington.
32. May 5, - Meeting of the delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU with the chief of the USA National Security Department John Tistrem
33. May 5, - The delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met with member of the Commission on human rights of the USA State Department;
34. May 5, - The delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met with Ukrainian "desk" of the USA State Department in Washington.
35. May 6, - Meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Finance Stuart Eisenstadt.
36. May 6, - Meeting with Helsinki Commission's representative Orest Deichakivsky in Washington.
37. May 7, - Meeting with HIAS senior officials (Rachel Silon, Erik Newman, Marina Belozerkovskaja) in New York.
38. May 8, - Meeting with the Executive Director of the Jewish found for Christian-rescuers Stanley Stall in New York.
39. May 8, - Meeting with the Executive Director of the New York Coalition Susanne Green in New York.
40. May 9, - Meeting with the Anti-Defamation League's Department Director Ed Alster in New York.
41. May 9, - Meeting with the Director of the Jewish Community Development Found Martin Horowitz in New York.
42. May 1 and 11, - The delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine and the JCU met Special Court Master Judi Gribets in New York.
43. May 17-21, Vaad of Ukraine conducted the seminar for repatriation consultants in Vorsel. About 50 professionals from 40 cities of Ukraine and Moldova took part in the work of the seminar. Officials from the Embassy State Israel, the Jewish Agency, and "Even Ezer" found, Ukrainian and Israel tourist companies held lectures at the meeting.
44. May 22-26, in Yalta the unique seminar of the Executive Presidents of the Jewish Communities of CIS and Baltic countries took place. Vaad of Ukraine conducted this seminar as a common project of the JCU and RJC. Dozen American and International Jewish Organizations assisted the seminar (The National Conference - Shy Franklin and Lesley Israel, Pittsburgh's Jewish Federation - Howard Rigger and Michael Steiner, the World Council of Community Service - Ted Comet).
In the seminar 50 Executive Directors from Jewish communal structures from 12 states of CIS and Baltic countries participated in the work, carried out on such topic: strategic planning the communal activity, communal fundraising, communal projecting, relations between community members and conflict solution, direct links between communities and instrument for personal development. Every topic were presented by speakers from the CIS on an equal footing with participants from the USA, then listeners worked in groups under psychologist's guidance and then discussed the outcome at the plenary session.
45. May 27-29, - Participation in the Presidential and General Meetings of the ECJC in Barcelona.
The program provided affirmation of the new Constitution of the ECJC, Elections of the President, Vice-Presidents and the Board members, workshops and different discussions.
The Union of religious Jewish organizations of Belarus, the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and The Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan became the new members of the ECJC.
Heated discussion appeared around compromise plan of the Vaad of Ukraine on the distribution of the Swiss fund allocations. Most European communities, especially Eastern European, affirmed this plan.
Josef Zissels was elected in the Council of experts of the ECJC.
46. June 19, - Meeting in Jerusalem with the chief of the Righteous Department of the "Yad Vashem" Mordechai Paldiel.
47. June 20, - Participation in the work of the Board of Eastern European Department of the "Sochnut" (Jerusalem). Report on the situation in the Jewish Community of Ukraine.
48. June 20-29, - Participation of the Delegation of the Vaad of Ukraine in Vaad Apoel WJC sessions (Jerusalem).
49. June 21, - Meeting in Jerusalem with the chief of the "Sochnut's" Eastern European and FSU Department Amos Lakhat.
50. June 25, - The session of the Founders of the JCU were prepared and carried out.
51. June 25-27, - International Symposium "10 years after the collapse of communism: Position of the Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe" were prepared and carried out jointly with the JCU and EJC. In symposiums' work about 400 delegates from 30 European countries, the USA and Israel, leaders of the biggest European Jewish organizations took part.
52. July 9, - Meeting with active members of Lugansk Jewish community.
53. July 16, - Participation in the extraordinary meeting of the Executive European Council of the Jewish Communities in Milan.
54. July 20, - Participation in the Bnei-Brith's meeting in Kyiv.
55. July 24, - Meeting with Jewish organizations and communities in Odessa.
56. July 31, - Participation in the summer children camp "Mahane- Rama".
57. August 1, - Participation in the opening of Chernovtsi Charity fund "Hesed- Shushana".
58. August 2, - Participation in the opening of Khmelnitsky Charity center "Hesed-Besht".
59. August 6, - Participation in the preparation and holding the compensational payment for the Righteous of the World.
60. August 8, - Participation in the meeting of the JCU Presidium.
61. August 11, - Organization and Participation in the Children summer camp "Shorashim" in Lviv region.
62. August 25, - Meeting with Jewish organizations and communities in Odessa.
63. August 28, - Participation in the Annual Conference on Judaic in Kyiv.
64. September 2-6, - Participation in the seminar of the Russian Jewish Congress (Nizhniy Novgorod- Moscow).
65. September 8, - Meeting and discussion about the common programs with the Executive Director of the Jewish Communal Development Fund Martin Horowitz.
66. September 12, - Meeting with the new chief of German Embassy Council Department Martin Schaffer.
67. September 25, - Participation in the opening of ORT lyceum in Kyiv.
68. September 25, - Meeting with the new chief of the State Department chief on Nations and Migrations Grigoriy Sereda.
69. September 28, - Preparation for the meeting of the JCU Presidium.
70. October 3, - Participation in the International Conference on art works looted in the period of the Holocaust (Vilnius).
71. October 5, - Meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Finance Stuart Eisenshtadt. Talks over the situation with restitution in Ukraine.
72. October 5, - Meeting with Bnei-Brith's Executive Vice President Den Maryashin in Vilnius.
73. October 30, - Participation in the session of the Board of the Jewish Agency on FSU (Jerusalem). Address about the situation in Jewish community in Ukraine and emigration tendencies.
74. October 30, - Meeting with the chief WZF Organizational Department r. Josef Vernik in Jerusalem. Foundation of the Zionist federation and development of conservative movement of Ukraine were discussed.
75. October 31, - Meeting in Jerusalem with Knesset deputy Roman Bronfman
76. November 2, - Meeting in Jerusalem with Kalman Sultanik - oldest figure in Zionist movement in USA.
77. November 2, - Meeting with the director of the WJC branch in Israel Dr.Avi Baker.
78. November 2, - Meeting with the chief of the "Righteous of the World" Department Mordehai Paldiel in Jerusalem.
79. November 5, - Meeting in Tel-Aviv with senior officials of the volunteer program "Sar El" Aaron Davidi and Mordehay Sherman.
80. November 6, - Meeting with the General Secretary of WZF Ramy Korenblum. Discussion about the foundation Zionist Federation in Ukraine.
81. November 7, - Meeting with the former Ambassador of Israel Zvi Mogen
82. November 6, - Meeting with chief of the WZF "left wing" Michael Landsberg in Jerusalem.
83. November 6, - Meeting with the Knesset's deputy Yuri Stern in Jerusalem.
84. November 7, - Meeting with WJRO Executive Director Ely Spanitz.
85. November 8-12, - The Vaad delegation participated in the International Conference on the Jewish Education "Arachim" in Budapest.
86. November 9, - Meeting and discussion about the co-activity with representatives of the Pinkus Fund (Israel).
87. November 10, - Meeting and discussion about the co-activity with the Executive Director of Lauder Fund Mr.D.Bunn.
88. November 17-19, - Meeting in Kyiv with HIAS representative in FSU Leonard Terlitskiy.
89. November 17-19, - Preparation and holding the Vaad's Presidium meeting.
90. November 20, - Participation in the Annual meeting of senior officials the JCU with Ambassadors.
91. November 27, - Meeting with HIAS senior officials in N.Y.
92. November 27, - Visit to the Memorial Foundation of the Jewish Culture in N.Y. Discussion about the co-activity with Mr. Sigal.
93. November 28, - Meeting with the "Bney Brit" Executive Director in Washington Dan Maryashin.
94. November 28, - Meeting with the National Conference for Soviet Jewry Executive Director Mark Levin.
95. November 28, - Meeting with the USA Deputy Minister of the Finance Stuart Eizenstadt The restitution in Jewish Community of Ukraine was discussed.
96. November 30, - Meeting with Senator Gordon Smith working group in Washington. Discussion about the situation in Jewish Community of Ukraine
97. November 30, - Meeting with the Committee on Human Rights of the State Department in the USA. The situation in Jewish Community of Ukraine was talked over.
98. November 30, - Meeting with the WJC Executive Director Ilan Steinberg in N.Y.
99. November 30, - Meeting with the JDC General Director Steven Schweiger in N.Y.
100. December 1,2 000 - Meeting with General Director of United Jewish community of New York Misha Galperin. The projects from the Vaad of Ukraine were proposed to the UJA foundation.
101. December 3-5, - Participation in the International Conference "Voice in Russian in the Jewish world" (New Jersey).
102. December 3-5, - Interview with the executive HIAS vice-president Leonard Glickman about the situation with emigration to USA.
103. December 15, - The session of the Coordinate Council of the Vaad of Ukraine was prepared and carried out.
104. December 19, - Meeting with the chief of the German Embassy Counsel department in Ukraine Dr. Martin Schaffer.

PERMANENT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS:

1. PROGRAM 'CHARITY'
(CHIEF - YURI SLUTSKIY)

During 2000, in spite of the suspension of payment by the JDC on October 1999, the following activities were carried out:
1.1. - According to the Patronage Program in 29 cities, 110,764 hours of patronage were conducted - 557 clients were visited 54,417 times.
1.2. - Hot lunches in 17 towns for 550 clients - 42,620 portions;
1.3. - Home lunches in 15 cities for 304 clients - 31,840 portions,
1.4. - Medical consultations in 6 cities - 333;
1.5. - Parcels' distribution in 18 cities - 6315;
1.4. - Clothing assisted in 6 cities - 4,414;
1.5. - Material aid in 2 cities;
1.6. - Technical assistance in 2 cities - 214 cases;
1. 7. - Club activities in 3 cities with constant 210 members.
The Jewish Charity Fund of Ukraine "Charity - Magen Avot" conducted the program. The program sponsors was sponsored by the Vaad of Ukraine, the Association of Hebrew Religion Organizations of Ukraine, public founds "Peace", "Hevra", businessmen

2. JEWISH EDUCATION
(CHIEF - YANA YANOVER)

There are 25 full-time Jewish schools, 12 kinder gardens; about 60 Sunday schools and 8 yeshivas work in the Jewish communities of Ukraine.
The activities of the Center for Jewish Education of Ukraine (CJE) developed in the following directions:
1. 18 students are trained at two courses of the Pedagogical College.
2. Methodical Web -site has been enriched with materials.
3. The "Lviv Ghetto Diary" of Rabbi David Kakhane was prepared for publication.
4. 5 seminars for 86 history teachers of the Ukrainian schools and 30 students-historians were conducted on a theme " Teaching the history of the Holocaust at the non-Jewish schools and youth education in the spirit of tolerance ".
5. Festival of Klezmer music (International seminar on Klezmer art) was carried out on August with the support of the Jewish Communal Development Fund (the USA). There were 36 participants from Ukraine and Russia.
6. 4 month courses for the future tradition's teachers on the project of the Jewish self-identification "Zeut Jegudit" (for 26 participants and 7 teachers) were organized jointly with "Sochnut -Ukraine".
7. Teenage club and theatre of miniatures "Levavot" (for 25 children) was founded.
To support the Center's programs fundraising was provided.

Center of the Jewish education Web site address: http://www.cjeu.8m.com/
Methodical Web site - http://www.methodicalroom.8m.com/

3. JEWISH STUDIES INSTITUTE
(CHIEF - LEONID FINBERG)
The Institute of Jewish Studies (Kyiv) pursues researches, organizes and holds conferences, seminars, lectures, and exhibitions; publishes books and other printed materials.

1. Research projects:

HISTORICAL-ARCHIVAL:
1. Description of Jewish Funds and Materials in the Archives of Ukraine.
Leader Zh. Kovba
2. Metropolitan A.Sheptytsky " Ukrainian Greek -Catholic Church and Jews"
Leader Zh. Kovba
3. Jewish Fates. Ukraine - 20th Century (oral stories and reminiscences).
Leader R.Lenchovsky.
4. Collection, Classification and Description of Old Jewish Photographs.
Leader Y.Shkoliarenko
5. Jewish scholarly establishment in the Academy of Sciences in Ukraine: 1919 - 1949
Leader V.Lubchenko.

CONTEMPORARY STUDIES:
1. Monitoring the "Jewish Topic in Ukrainian Newspapers".
Leader - V. Mindlin
2. Monitoring of Anti-Semitic Manifestations.
Leader - V. Mindlin
3. Sociological and Demographic Studies
Leader- L.Finberg
4. Libraries and bibliography of Jewish editions on Jewish Studies in Ukraine in 1989-
Leader Y.Shkoliarenko
5. Creation of Databases
Leader - S. Pisareva
The Institute has the following databases: "Specialists in the Jewish Studies of Ukraine", "Jewish Organizations of Kyiv and Ukraine", "Jewish Studies Centers of Europe, USA, Israel and Other Countries".

II. PUBLISHING PROGRAMS
Leader- L.Finberg
1. Art-Journalistic Almanac of the Jewish Studies Institute "Yehupets"
Editor- G.Aronov
2.Popular Encyclopedia " Ukrainian Jewry"
Responsible Secretary- M. Feller
3. Guidebook " Jewish Address of Ukraine"
Coordinator- M. Kalnitsky
4.Preparation and publication of Books of the Series "Library of the Institute of Jewish Studies": - Zhanna Kovba "Humanity in the Abyss of Hell."
- Material of the 7-th international conference " Jewish History and Culture in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe-Holocaust of European Jewry during the Second World War: Reflection on the Turn of Centuries."
- Native Voice. Pages of Russian Jewish Literature of the end of the 19-th - beginning of the 20th century.
Collection " Jews and Slavs" v.7
Perez Markish "Narecheny Zavirukhy"
Josef Zissels. " If only for myself"
Vadym Skuratovsky "Problem of the Author of the "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion"
Geliy Aronov. "How I was..."

Preparing for publication:
Purim-schpiels in records of Moses Beregovsky.
Alexander Kruglov. "Destruction of the Jewish Population of Ukraine in 1941-1944. Collection of Documents and Materials"
* Art-Journalistic Almanac "Yehupets" Ή 8 (editor - G. Aronov);
* Materials of the 8th International Conference on the topic "Jewish History and Culture in Countries of Central and East Europe - Ten Years of Jewish National Revival in Post-Soviet Countries: Experience, Problems, Prospects"
R. Meteletsky "Some Pages About Jewish Buildings in Lutsk"
* M. Mandelshtam "Book on Pogroms in the Russian Empire in the 80-s of the 19th century - on the Eve of the First World War"
* B. Lekar. "Catalogue of Painting and Graphics"
5. Preparation and Publication of other Editions Jewish calendars for 5761 ( -2001) have been prepared and printed
A fancy multi-page calendar in Russian and English. Leader of the project - I. Glozman, L. Finberg, designed by I. Klimova.
Color one-page calendars and calendar directory for 5761 (2001) have been printed.

III. ORGANIZATION OF CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, LECTURES, AND EXHIBITIONS

1. 8th International Conference "Jewish History and Culture in Countries of Central and East Europe - Ten Years of Jewish National Revival in Post-Soviet Countries: Experience, Problems, Prospects"
2. Lectures on Jewish History and Culture
Leaders - L. Burd and B. Yanover
3. Teaching of the History of the Holocaust
Leader - Y. Smilyanska
4. Club "Creativity"
Leaders - Y. Smilyanska, T. Chaika, Y. Tsarovska
5. "Haggadah" project
Leader - I. Klimova
6.Organization and Holding The Cinema Festival "Khanukiya"
Leader - V. Mindlin
7. Theatrical Art-Judaic
Leader - N. Drobyazko

IY. SCHOLARS OF THE JEWISH STUDIES INSTITUTE PARTICIPATED
IN CONFERENCES AND ROUND-TABLES

- 7th annual international inter-discipline conference on Jewish studies "Sefer" (Moscow);
- Annual conference of the American Jewish Committee (Washington);
- "Jewish Thought Through the Ages" (Dnipropetrovsk);
- "Zaporizhia Jewish Readings";
- "Zhabotinsky in Odesa";
- Conference on Jewish Education (Budapest);
- "Jewish History and Culture" (Riga)
- Dubnov's Readings (Belarus).
SPONSORS OF THE PROJECTS OF THE JEWISH STUDIES INSTITUTE:
The Kyiv branch of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee "JOINT", the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, the Kyiv City Jewish Community, and such foundations as the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, American Jewish Committee, International "Renaissance" Foundation and others.

5. COMMITTEE ON REPATRIATION (VAAD ALIYA)
(CHIEF- IDA ONUFRIYCHUK)

In 1999 20,295 people repatriated from Ukraine to Israel. Now 50 consultants work in 44 cities of Ukraine for the Committee of Repatriation of Ukraine.
Activities were conducted on the following directions:
1. 31,414 individual consultations and 669 collective consultations for 11,466 people were carried out.
2. Responses to letters - 9.
3. 7,056 repatriates departed by the ship "Rus "(Odessa-Haifa).
4. Consultations and documents' preparations were provided for "Pitsuim" - compensations from Germany. Ready documents were transferred to an Israeli lawyer. Those need it ordered documents from the Red Cross in Moscow about evacuation. Certificates for 223 repatriates were received from Moscow.
5. Assistance was rendered in Israel for 20 families through the program Mini-Absorption.
6. Organization of guest visas to Israel was assisted for 454 people.
7. Assistance with tickets to Israel for 349 people.
8. On the program "Luggage" for 41 people.
9. On the program "Airplane"- for 63 people.
10. The volunteer program "Sar El" was assisted for 100people.
11. 124 insurance policies were given.

6. COMMITTEE FOR PRESERVATION OF JEWISH HERITAGE
(CHIEF- PROF.GENRIH FILVAROV)

This program is carried out jointly with WJRO and the Association of the Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine.
In 2000, the Committee observed and described 29 objects of Jewish communal property in 13 towns and cities in Ukraine.
a) Vinnitsa region- 10, in such towns and villages:
Shargorod-2, Zhmerinka-4, Brailov- 2, Olgopol-1, Chechelnik-1.
b) Kharkov region-5, in such towns and villages:
Kharkov-5,
c) Lviv region -14, in such towns and villages:
Belz-2, Komarno-2, Nadibu-1, Peremishlianu-4, Starii Sambor -1, Turka -3, Hodorov -1
There are 9 objects in work now. 460 objects of Jewish community property were described and sent to the customer.
The computer database and informational search system created gives an opportunity to inquire information about any aspects of the description.
The Kyiv Office of the JDC financed these works.

6. NEWSPAPER 'KHADASHOT'
(CHIEF- MICHAEL FRENKEL)

The newspaper 'Khadashot' is a printed body of the Association of the Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine. It has been issued once a month since August 1991.
Through lack of funding, only 2 issues of the newspaper 'Khadashot' were published with the circulation of 10,000 copies.
A total of 83 issues have been published since 1991.
In 2000, 'Khadashot' was distributed as a charity newspaper (free of charge) in Kyiv through the synagogue, "Khesed", "Magen-Avot", Joint and Sochnut representations. With the assistance of the "Press" organization it was distributed to 400 Jewish organizations and communities in Ukraine.
The sponsors of the Association provided the funding.

7.PROGRAM "MEMORY OF HOLOCAUST"
(CHIEF- LEONID WAIDENFELD)
The purpose of the program is the preservation of the memory of 1500000 victims of Holocaust in Ukraine by collecting an information about the places of mass Jews destruction and burial (further - MJB) in Ukraine and description their nowadays status.
This program pursues researches and descriptions of the sites of Jewish mass burials during the Second World War.
The terms for this project - three years from June 1998 till June 2001.
Activities were conducted on the following directions:
1.Archival databases and literature sources about Holocaust in Ukraine were worked out.
2. More than 1000 MJB needed visit and description, were determined on a basis of this research.
3. Program executors and coordinators in the regions of Ukraine were hired. Their main task was to visit and to describe MJB.
4. The MJB passport form was developed.
5. Archive and computer database (in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access) was created.
6. The main materials about more than 800 MJB were received
7. The Program Coordinators and executors visited MJB and have conducted such works:
- The mass Jews destruction and burial places in Ukraine during the Holocaust were specified and put on large-scale maps with the help of local inhabitants and authorities.
- Passports of the MJB were made.
- Photostatting of the MJB (where monuments or memory marks were placed and on non-marked places) had been made.
- The memories of Holocaust witnesses were written when it was possible.
- The standard cemetery questionnaires were filled.

Till now only 30-60% MJB had monuments or memorial signs in different regions. More than half of them were placed during the last 10 years. About 20% memorial signs need restoration.
No descriptions were made done in Rivne, Kherson, Chernihiv, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytsky regions and in Crimea.
The Claims Conference through the Joint representation in Kyiv has funded the program. The funding started in September 1998.
The realization of the program is controlled by the Joint representation in Kyiv.

Table 1. Descriptions of the sites of mass burials of the Jews during the Second World War

Ή

Region

Years

Total descriptions

 

Before

1998

 

1998 1999  

1

Vinnytsia

54

92

2

74

222

 

2

Volyn

23

5

–

24

52

 

3

Donetsk

–

3

7

 

10

Works fulfilled

4

Dniepropetrovsk

–

–

6

3

9

Works fulfilled

5

Zhitomir

 

 

 

59

59

 

6

Zakarpatie

 

 

 

1

1

 

7

Zaporozhie

–

–

8

11

19

Works fulfilled

8

Ivano–Frankovsk

21

–

–

7

28

 

9

Kyiv

–

4

–

19

23

 

10

Kirovograd

–

7

–

 

7

 

11

Crimea

 

 

 

3

3

 

12

Luhansk

–

14

5

 

19

Works fulfilled

13

Lviv

14

42

12

9

77

 

14

Mikolaiv

 

 

 

29

29

 

15

Odessa

 

 

 

31

31

 

16

Poltava

–

4

–

11

15

 

17

Rovno

6

–

–

31

37

 

18

Sumy 

–

10

–

21

31

 

19

Ternopol

32

–

–

8

40

 

20

Kharkiv

–

20

8

 

28

Works fulfilled

21

Kherson

 

 

 

9

9

 

22

Khmelnitskiy

 

 

 

28

28

 

23

Cherkassy

–

27

1

6

34

 

24

Chernigov

 

 

 

 

0

 

25

Chernivtsi

–

2

–

 

2

 

 

TOTAL:

150

230

49

384

813

 

 

Chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine Joseph Zissels