v. SOFIEVKA: US Commission No. UA15290501
v. Sofievka is located in Odesskaya, 20 km from Berezovka and 100 km from Odessa.
The mass grave is located at N, near the road to v. Otradnaya Balka. Present town population is under 1,000 with no Jews.
December 1941, police murdered 1500 Jews from Odessa. The Jewish mass grave was dug in 1941 with last known Jewish burial 1944. No other towns or village's Jews were murdered at this unlandmarked mass grave. The isolated rural (agricultural) flat land has no sign or marker. Reached by turning directly off a public road, access is open to all. No wall or fence surrounds the mass grave. No stones are visible or removed. The mass grave contains unmarked mass graves. Municipality owns site used for mass burial site. Properties adjacent are agricultural. rarely by local residents. The mass grave was vandalized during World War II and frequently in the last ten years. There is no maintenance. Within the limits of the mass grave are no structures. Water drainage at the mass grave is a seasonal problem. Very serious threat: uncontrolled access. Serious threat: vegetation. Moderate threat: weather erosion, pollution and vandalism. Slight threat: existing nearby development.
- Regional: Berezovka Region Executive Committee Chairman Nitochko Ivan Ivanovich Berezovsky Regional Dept. of Culture, Zalivanskyy Oleg Olekseevich. Odessa Oblast Dept. of Culture, Borodavko Roman Isaakovich. Odessa Oblast Dept. of Culture, Podderskaya T.A. Town officials: Culture Fond of Odessa. Masharova Dina Mihailovna.
- Jewish Community, Milshteyn F.I. and Chechelnitzky Shimon.
Oks Vladimir Moiseevich of 270065, Odessa, Varnenskaya St. 17D, Apt. 52 [Phone: (0482) 665950] visited site on 1/6/95. Interviewed on 1/6/95 were Yuditzky S.M. of Berezovka and Sych A.V. of Berezovka. Oks completed survey on 02/17/1995.