The Pit Memorial on Melnikayte street
Minsk has many places dedicated to the sorrows and horrors of war. One of such memorable places that will touch your feelings is the Pit monument, which reminds of the dead ghetto prisoners and victims of the Holocaust. Located at the intersection of Melnikayte and Zaslavskaya streets, the monument is installed in the place where in March 1943 the fascist invaders threw the bodies of the executed Jews.
For a long time, this monument was the first on the territory of the USSR to be dedicated to the losses of Jewish people, which certainly made the memorial unique. The memorial is made in the form of a pit, at the bottom of which an obelisk of black granite is placed. There is an inscription carved in Russian and Yiddish on the obelisk. The staircase that goes down to it has 17 steps with a sculptural composition representing people driven to execution.
Nearby is the Alley of the Righteous Among the Nations, where the names of those Belarusians who risked their lives to save oppressed people are perpetuated. For a long time, the Pit Memorial was an unofficial place where Jews were gathering. At first, people came here on May, 9th to commemorate the victims of Nazism, but later the Jewish youth also began to gather for dating, socializing and sharing news. This place in Minsk is a sad and important landmark, reminding us of the terrible mockery whole nations underwent during the war.
How to get there: metro station ‘Frunzenskaya’. Bus 163 (bus stop 'Belproekt'), buses 1, 69, 119c, 163, 73, 91 (bus stop ‘Hotel Yubileinaya’)