‘My family was murdered in the Holocaust and the establishment of the museum is a kind of closure for me.’
The Holocaust Museum in the Menorah Center, located in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, allows Jews and non-Jews a glimpse into the painful history of the Jewish people on European soil.
The museum presents is a spectacular display of rare and unique collections of clothes, tools, uniforms, pictures and films illustrating the period during which six million Jews were murdered.
“It’s not just a Holocaust museum, it’s a museum that shows the Judaism that was here before the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Shmuel Kaminezki, the chief rabbi of the city of Dnepropetrovsk
“Our mission is not only to deal with the past but also to ensure that such a period does not repeat itself to the Jewish people anywhere in the world,” says the rabbi. “The Menorah Center, with 1400 mezuzahs on tens of thousands of meters, hosts the Holocaust Museum in order to convey a clear message to the world.”
“We work with a lot of funds from the State of Israel,” said Rabbi Kaminetzky. “Thousands of people come here from all over the world and the young people come here to understand what happened to the Jewish people 70 years ago.
Museum Chairman Dr. Igor Shkafek spoke of his personal desire to build the museum. “My family was murdered in the Holocaust and the museum is a kind of closure for me.”