The Project

Over one million murdered Jews are hastily buried in more than one thousand mass graves in Ukraine. They were shot by the German police, the Wehrmacht, and the SS, often with the support of indigenous police forces, between 1941 and 1944.

To this day, their bodies lie in forgotten, unmarked mass graves on the outskirts of towns and villages, in forests or in fields. Without proper maintenance and care, these grave sites are susceptible to erosion and desecration.

Protecting Memory is dedicated to marking and protecting these mass graves. To this end, memorials have been built in five west Ukrainian locations.