In 1868, as the city authorities planned to close the Central Jewish Cemetery (now the “Dynamo Stadium”), a new site was allocated along Jewish Street (now Kollektornaya Street) to meet the needs of Minsk’s Jewish community.
During the Great Patriotic War (World War II), the cemetery became part of the Minsk Ghetto and a place for the extermination of Jews. Here, Nazis and collaborators shot more than 5000 Jews.
After the war, the cemetery was subject to defilement both from the authorities, and also from local residents, even before its official closure in the 60s.
Gravestones and tombstones were used as building materials for paving roads and pavements in the restoration and construction of the central streets of Minsk. Some other more “efficient” citizens also managed to gain something from the debasing of the cemetery… The authorities ignored the requests of the Jews for the need to preserve the memory of their dead comrades and to stop the blasphemous looting of the graveyard…
In 2008, the year of the 65th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk Ghetto, the monument “Chair and Table” was erected on the site of the former Jewish cemetery (on Sukhaya Street), created by the architect Leonid Levin and the sculptor Maxim Petrul.