Restoration of Boyarka Memorial Sign
To commemorate the Great Patriotic War, the leadership and activists of the Ukrainian Jewish Student's Union, with the support of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the “Lo Tishkach” and “Genesis” Foundations have completed restoration works and placed a memorial plaque on a communal grave in Boyarka city of Kyiv oblast, where, on October 2, 1941, Fascist occupants and their local collaborators executed 55 Jewish residents of Boyarka, Tarasovka, and Belgorodka, near a street which, in bitter irony, is called October Street.
The memorial was placed in 1955, for the first anniversary of the Great Victory. For many years, the Jews of Boyarka themselves have preserved the memorial best they could, but now volunteers not only repainted the memorial and cleaned the nearby territory, but also erected a granite memorial plaque.
Some 500 Jews lived in Boyarka before the revolution. This city will always remain in Jewish literary history under the name Boiberik, for it was here that Scholem-Aleichem wrote his “Tevye the milkman,” and the milkman who was Tevye's prototype used to bring milk to Boyarka. The poet Nadson, whose poems were set to music by Rachmaninov, also visited this city; Kuprin and Erenburg visited it.
Currently, 197 Jews live in Boyarka, and a Jewish community that has celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010 since its official registration.