The daughter of a Nazi murderer visited the town of Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine to ask forgiveness at a mass grave of her father’s victims who included Dov Ber Schneerson, brother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was murdered at the age of 38. Recently, archived documents and personal testimonies shed more light on the wholesale murder of patients at the Igren Psychiatric Hospital, where the crime took place.
Mrs. Lilo Bhatia, the daughter of Wilhelm Ober, the German officer responsible for the murder, visited the mass grave and the Dov Ber Schneerson memorial on the hospital premises and met leaders of the local Jewish community.
A biography of the Rebbe (Turning Judaism Outward) records that most of Dnipropetrovsk’s 90,000 Jews left before the Nazis came in August 1941 but 20,000 were slaughtered. An Einsatzkommonda entered the nearby hospital in Igren, where the Rebbe’s brother was residing, and ordered its liquidation, murdering Jewish patients first with lethal injections. The non-Jews were also liquidated as part of a Nazi program to eliminate psychiatric patients during the Soviet offense in order to free hospitals for the Nazi military.
The mass grave was discovered twenty years ago and honored with a special marker. This was vandalized by anti-Semites in 2014.