Pilot Phase

The Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee launched the international project “Protecting Memory” in 2010. The project’s goal is to draw attention to the forgotten and neglected mass graves of the Holocaust and to find ways to transform them into dignified sites of remembrance and information points. The project, which is funded by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, was inspired by the work of the French organization Yahad-in Unum. In 2015, the pilot stage was completed with dedication ceremonies for the memorials at all five locations: Rava-Ruska, Kysylyn, Ostrozhets, Ratne – Prokhid, and Kovel – Bakhiv. Documentation and information about the pilot phase and its sites can be found at http://www.protecting-memory.org.

The pilot sites need ongoing further care. In 2017, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine approved their inclusion in the State Registry of Immovable Monuments of Local Significance in Ukraine. So long as the issue of the long-term care remains unresolved, “Protecting Memory” will continue to monitor this work. On 24 July 2017, the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe organised a coordination meeting in Lutsk with representatives from local administrations, schools, and the German Embassy in order to discuss this issue.