My name is Lina Shkiler. To me 75 years old. I was born and raised in Kharkov, but already 23 I have been living in the USA for a year. More than 3 years ago, walking on the Internet in search of information of interest to me, I accidentally came across a site that interested and surprised me “Krasilov Jewish”. The thing is, that my parents are from these places: father from Krasilov, and mother – from Starokonstantinov. The name of the site surprised me, t. to. I knew for sure, what, ironically, there are no Jews in Krasilovo. I met the site editor. It turned out to be Nikolay Pekarsky, young man, resident of Krasilov, who set as his goal to revive the memory of the life and culture of Jews, historically living here for several centuries. I found out, a large number of people from all over the world, having historical roots with Krasilov, are with Nikolai in lively correspondence. And this is not surprising. Nikolai turned out to be very informative, sincere, interesting, a dedicated person. The good memory of our ancestors made many people unite around this bright man and his website.. The tragic events of World War II could not but be touched upon during our communication. We learned, that the only last, but bitter evidence of the stay of Jews in Krasilov and in this region, are 3 graves-burials of Jews, shot by the Nazis and their collaborators in 1942. and located close to. Manivtsy and Rosolovtsy. Was shot from 4500 to 4800 innocent people. Nikolai visited these graves and provided us with a photo of the appalling state of the monuments., delivered back in the late 40s of the last century.
So gradually, in the environment of our community, the idea arose of the restoration or replacement of monuments by us., last generation, who still remembers and knows firsthand about the horrors of war and the tragedy of the Jewish people. This question was initiated by a former prisoner of the ghetto with. Cakes, one of many, who managed to avoid being shot during the Holocaust, and now a resident of g. Khmelnitsky A.P.. Weiner, who turned to the relevant city authorities for help and, even, back in 2013. wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merlel, in which he asked for material assistance. Unfortunately, help was denied. but, it didn't stop us, the idea of restoring monuments has already firmly captured our minds. In August 2014. N. Pekarsky received official permission from Kiev for the reconstruction / replacement of 2 monuments near Manivtsi. An appeal was published to collect money. A young businessman from Kiev, Mikhail Vulakh, was involved in the case, who opened a special account for this purpose. That was incredible, but by the spring of 2015. money for two graves was collected. In July 2015. the grave was visited by the director of the Khmelnytsky charitable foundation “Hesed Besht” AND. Ratushny, who discussed with N. Pekarskim and A. Weiner possible features and options of the project and became the coordinator of the upcoming work. He also obtained permission to replace the 3rd monument near Rosolovtsy, to be replaced in the future. There was a question about the immediate supervisor and performer of work. Due to the remoteness of residence (Kiev) and having your own business, M. Vulakh could only be a treasurer.
I believe, we are extremely lucky, that in this situation Nikolai Pekarsky took responsibility for the implementation of restoration plans. It was he who found the performers of the work, was persistently present at the construction site, provided her with the necessary materials, being in conditions of limited material opportunities and overcoming various small, and not really, conflict situations. Through your newspaper, I would like to convey our enormous gratitude to this person., without which, I'm sure, I would never have been able to bring that huge amount of work to life, which was carried out. I was constantly in touch with Nikolai and I know, how he sincerely worried about the success of the restoration work, how tirelessly controlled their progress, how he regularly reported on the funds spent. I bow to his sincere desire to pay a debt of memory to the innocent victims of fascism, those shot people, whose graves still cry out to memory and justice
On behalf of our entire community, thanks a lot, Николай, for your selfless work, strength and time, devoted to our idea, and low bow to you!
Yours faithfully. Lina(Gita) Schiller.
They gladly join my opinion: Jeanne Freiberg (Israel), Marina Raskina and Alexander Schiller (USA).