Nikolay Gorshkov during the project

Odessa Holocaust Museum, Ukraine

Nikolay Gorshkov, 16.09.2013
During summers 2011 and 2012, I volunteered to take part in several research expeditions organised by the Odessa Holocaust Museum.

The main goal of the expeditions was to survey the places of mass burial of the victims of the Nazi genocide of the Jewish population in territories that were under control of the Romanian occupation authorities in the period from August 1941 to April 1944.

A second objective was to make photographs and to determine the location of all the sites. Participants of the expeditions attended around 80 different sites of mass graves of Nazi genocide victims.

On a modern map this area is divided into the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, as well as Odessa region, some areas of Mykolayiv, Kirovohrad, and Vinnitsa regions of Ukraine. Small memorials indicate many of these mass graves, but there are places that still have not been marked by any identification marks and getting there is not an easy task.

The expeditions are part of large long-term project launched by Odessa Holocaust Museum.

The photographs and other information we collected is intended to form the basis of single database of all places in Transnistria and Bessarabia where Nazis atrocities took place and where they are mass burial sites of Nazi genocide victims.

Some pictures of the places of mass burial sites formed the basis of a photography exhibition called Holocaust in granite, which opened on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January 2012 in the Jewish cultural centre in Odessa.

After the exhibition closed, these photographs were put on permanent display at the Odessa Holocaust Museum.

Nikolay Gorshkov is a photographer based in Odessa in the Ukraine. His website is