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Sad News Regarding Klara Vinokur

We are saddened to announce that Klara Vinokur has passed away.


Klara Vinokur passed peacefully on December 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Klara came from the city of Shpola. From 1941-2 the Nazis came in and destroyed the Jewish population. Klara was about 13 years old and was sent to a forced labor camp. Her younger brother

Afterwards, became a teacher and taught in Kiev. She provided leadership in the building of a monument in Kiev to the victims of the Babi Yar massacres. A second monument was built which better represented the truth of the Babi Yar massacre.

Eventually she came to the United States. Here she helped with establishing a memorial to the victims of the Babi Yar massacre (located in Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown, PA). She organized annual remembrance ceremonies at Montefiore, carefully supervising each detail for the ceremonies. A few years ago she passed on leadership for the Babi Yar memorial ceremony but continued to participate in each program.

In 2001 she became an active member of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center when it returned to Philadelphia. She talked to groups. She helped to set up displays in our showcases. She helped to translate material from Russian into English. She was also a member of our board for all these years.

View part of her testimony here from our Holocaust Legacy Library

Read her one page biography here