Tree Planted to Commemorate Leader of Sobibor Uprising

Natalia Ladichenko, a granddaughter of Alexander Pechersky, the leader of the revolt in the Sobibor extermination camp, planted a tree in memory of her grandfather in the KKL-JNF tree planting center in Nachshon Forest.

By KKL-JNF STAFF
October 18, 2012 12:18
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Natalia Ladichenko, a granddaughter of Alexander Pechersky, the leader of the revolt in the Sobibor extermination camp, planted a tree in memory of her grandfather in the KKL-JNF tree planting center in Nachshon Forest. The ceremony took place on th
e annual memorial day of the Sobibor uprising. “It is a great honor for me to stand on the ground of the land of Israel and plant a tree here in memory of my heroic grandfather,” said L
adichenko. “I hope all the trees here will grow and become a great forest.”


This is her first visit to Israel, and her arrival from Russia was made possible thanks to the initiative of the Amigour housing company. Semyon Rosenfeld, who also took part in the Sobibor revolt, is one of the last of the insurgents who is still alive, and he lives in a sheltered housing facility for the elderly in Tel Aviv, which is managed by Amigour. He had an unusual request as a gift for his ninetieth birthday—to commemorate the man who was his commander during the uprising in Sobibor and to invite Pechersky’s family to Israel from Russia.
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The new KKL-JNF tree planting center is located in the area of Hamaginim Forest, which is dedicated to commemorating IDF soldiers who fell in the defense of the State of Israel. “Pechersky was one of the warriors of the Jewish Army of all times,” said Amigour CEO Yuval Frankel at the tree planting ceremony. “It is a privilege to commemorate a man who almost went unnoticed. Through our project, we are correcting an historical error and honoring the last survivors living in our midst.”


Prior to the tree planting, Natalia Ladichenko and Michael Ben Abu, KKL-JNF director of
fundraising in Israel, recited the Planter’s Prayer. “A tree symbolizes past, present and future,” said Ben Abu to Ladichenko. “Your grandfather symbolizes the past—the roots of the tree, and, as his granddaughter, you symbolize the future—the fruit of the tree.”



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