Officials have been slammed after workmen used Jewish gravestones to repair potholes in a city where the Nazis executed thousands of Jews during World War II.

 

The shocking incident happened in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi in north-western Ukraine's Khmelnytskyi Oblast region where 87,000 Jews were killed during the war.

 

It attracted a storm of controversy after Eduard Dolinsky, the vice-president of Ukrainian Jewish Committee, took a photo and published it on social media.

 

The pictures showed that broken pieces of gravestones had been used to repair potholes on a rural road on the edge of the city.

 

Netizen ‘Leonid Rusiki’ commented: "This is unbelievable. Who in his right mind would do anything like that?!

 

"It is not only shameful for the local officials but for the people leading this supposedly European nation."

 

‘Sveta Mastika’ added: "I don’t believe that the crisis is so bad in the country that all they have left is some second-hand gravestones from the Jewish cemetery. This is outrageous and so shameful."

 

And ‘Jossshii’ commented simply: "Bunch of illiterate morons."

 

The local authority in Kamianets-Podilskyi has not yet commented on the controversy.

 

The Nazis killed tens of thousands of Ukrainian and Belorussian Jews in the city during World War II, including 23,600 in just two days on 27th and 28th August 1941.

 

Historians have described the massacre as a prelude to the so-called 'Final Solution' conceived by the Nazis to wipe out Jews from Europe several months later.

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