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The Brotherly Tomb to 180 civilians executed on August 23, 1941

The Nazis occupied Dneprodzerzhinsk on 23.08.1941. From the first days, the Nazis established a new bloody regime. Mass shootings were carried out in the city. The local population hid in cellars; however, they were afraid that the Nazis would throw grenades at places where people might be hiding in. 

From 3 p.m. on 23.08.1941, the Nazis began to drive the residents of Zhukovsky, Uritsky and Republican streets to the courtyard of House No. 3 at Republican Street (they found a cellar there). The men were lined up in 4 rows and shot with a machine gun. The reason for the action was the killing of two German soldiers.

The next morning, the fascists came into the yard and shot into the pit, because there was still a groan of dying people.
Among the executed there were many children of school age: Pyotr Anisimovich Voropai (born 1924), Vasily Nikolaevich Porokh (born 1925), Ivan Mikhailovich Konek (born 1925), Nikolay Ivanovich Konek (born 1925), Alexey Mikhailovich Tsybulko (born 1926), Pavel Mikhailovich Tsybulko (born 1927) and others. A total of 180 people were shot.

After the liberation of Dneprodzerzhinsk, a wooden obelisk was placed on the mass grave. In 1965, by the decision of the Dneprodzerzhinsk City Executive Committee of Workers' Deputies, a monument was erected in order to perpetuate the memory of the executed.

In the reference №16 of the Ukrainian SSR, compiled by the Executive Committee of the Dneprodzerzhinsk City Council of Deputies and Workers dated 27.03.1972, it is said: "In the mass grave, which is located on the Republican street in front of the dormitory of the trust in the city of Dneprodzerzhinsk, 180 civilians shot by German occupiers are buried...".
Brotherly grave of rectangular shape. The edge is covered with white brick. At 0.9 m from the grave there is an obelisk, which has the form of a tetrahedral pyramid. On the front side there is a memorial plaque with the inscription: “180 civilians were buried here, they were shot by German invaders in 1941". The base of a monument is a square, the obelisk is made of granite crumb, white marble, the base is cemented.

The monument is in good condition, locals clean up the territory, plant flowers on the grave and set up benches. But around the memorable place the dilapidated buildings of the former dormitory continue to collapse. 

Architect: Merited Worker of Culture Krimtsov A., Artist - Keller M. 
 
 

 
Dnepropetrovsk region, Kamyansk (formerly - Dneprodzerzhinsk), Republicanskata str., 41. 

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