Dalnik


On 22 October 1941, just over a week after Odessa was occupied by German and Romanian forces, an explosive device exploded at the headquarters of the Romanian occupying power. The explosion killed 66 officers, including the military governor. Romania’s dictator Antonescu ordered an act of revenge and accused the Jews as responsible. 19,000 Jews were murdered in the port of Odessa and about 20,000 were imprisoned the next day being transported to the small village of Dalnik just west of Odessa. There, thousands are pushed into Soviet anti-tank ditches while others were locked into warehouses set on fire. All 20,000 were killed.

Current status: Monument (2009).

Location: 46°29'02.90"N 30°33'54.29"E (approximately).

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The monument is located far out on a field surrounded by arable land and the road there is a middle of lawn and gravel road. There are no signs from the main road informing about the monument and the area is subject to exploitation. Newly built houses spread out over the fields. Around the monument they have still managed to secure the land from becoming arable land and buildings. A rather grotesque idea that crops are probably growing in a place where about 20,000 Jews were murdered and buried.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Holocaust in the Soviet union (2009).