Day 6, Tuesday, May 15
After Medzhibizh, we continue back to Vinnitsa
From the Holocaust of Bullets, we are traveling to the city of
Proskurov (now Khmelnitskii), which today is four times larger
than Vinnitsa but has even fewer Jews. Proskurov pogrom
in Feb. 15, 1919 was the turning point in Jewish and world
history. More than 1200 Jews celebrating Shabbat were
slaughtered by Petliura's troops under the pretext that they
were Communists. This massacre is a symbol of what YIVO
calls the Forgotten Genocide of 1918 -1922 when over 150,000
Jewish men, women and children were murdered by various
armies and armed bands of Poles, Ukrainians, Russians, Chechens,
Gypsies, Belarussians and others of different political ideologies ranging
from Monarchists to Ukrainian Nationalist-Socialists, to Anarchists, to Social Revolutionaries, and even Bolsheviks.
After meeting for lunch the members of the local community, we'head back to Vinnitsa with a stop at the grave of Baal Shem Tov in Medzhibizh. At the burial ground of Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hassidic movements and the greatest Jewish leader of the last 700 years.
Not far away from the city, we observe the ruins of Hitler's Werewolf Eastern Headquarters on Russian Front. We celebrate there the 73 anniversary of the destruction of Nazi Germany and meditate on it as the harbinger of the ultimate fate of all evil in the world.
After dinner in Vinnitsa, we go to the river's embankment to observe the sights and sounds of one of the most amazing creations of art and technology: the dancing and singing fountain built by Poroshenko on the river next to his main candy factory Roshen.