Illustration of Soviet citzens being escorted to their deaths by Nazi guards in August 1942. Evgeni Tonkonogi / Coda Story

The Never-ending Fight to Honor 16,000 Jewish Victims of Russia’s Worst Holocaust Massacre

After years of painstaking research to discover the identities of the dead in the August 1942 slaughter, the Jewish community in Rostov-on-Don wants to add their names to the city’s memorial. So why won’t the Russian authorities agree?

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – The elderly man in a black suit and wide-brimmed hat painstakingly opens his bulging stack of files that threaten to slip off his knees. Vladimir Raksha fervently recites the names on...

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