Minsk Marks Anniversary Of Jewish Massacre By Nazis

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Belarusian officials, foreign diplomats, and former inmates of Nazi concentration camps gathered in Minsk to mark the 68th anniversary of a massacre of Jews, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

The ceremony was held March 2 near Minsk's Yama (the Ditch) memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 people from the city's Jewish ghetto who were killed by Nazis on March 2, 1942.

Leanid Levin, the chairman of the Jewish Organizations' Association in Belarus, told RFE/RL that during Soviet times officials were reluctant to reveal what Jews in Minsk had experienced during World War II. But he said the mood in the country has changed, and in 2000 it became possible to erect a memorial at the massacre site.

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