The Simon Wiesenthal Center together with the Russian Holocaust Center of Moscow criticized Russian authorities on Monday for their “revisionist history” regarding the Holocaust mass murder that occurred at Babi Yar in the Ukraine.
Last year, authorities removed a plaque, placed at the mass grave on the outskirts of Rostov in 2006, that identified most of the Nazi victims as Jews.
The current plaque, however, deletes all Jewish references, in an epitaph to "the peaceful citizens of Rostov-on-the-Don and Soviet prisoners of war."
Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Center’s director of international relations, said that the “plaque's identity theft was a form of 'memoricide', twice murdering the victim - in both life and posterity."
Samuels called upon the authorities "to take the opportunity of this 70th anniversary of the greatest Holocaust massacre on Russian territory, compared with the Ukrainian Babi Yar - to promptly return the previous plaque or provide a new truthful narrative." [Read more]