The Zhestianaya Gorka Memorial is the first monument erected in Russia to commemorate the tragic fate of thousands of civilians who were killed by the Nazi occupiers during the Great Patriotic War. The memorial has been established under the federal project Without Statute of Limitations on land that was drenched in the blood of innocent victims, where people can now pay homage to the dead and recall the tragedy of a war that brought suffering to nearly every family in the country.
Tour of war monuments and memorials in the Batetsky District, the site of mass executions of peaceful civilians near the village of Zhestianaya Gorka during the Great Patriotic War.
- Itinerary 1 (1st option): Veliky Novgorod – Zhestianaya Gorka; story of the village; military cemetery; the graves of civilians; Mother in Mourning sculpture; memorial stone commemorating the victims of the Nazis; Jewish victims memorial stone erected by the Jewish community.
- Itinerary 1 (2nd option): Veliky Novgorod – Zhestianaya Gorka – Voronino – Kositskoye; the Zhestianaya Gorka memorial; Voronino – the military memorial; Kositskoye – the mass grave of Doskino residents burned alive by the Nazi occupiers.
- Itinerary 2: Luga – Batetsky – Zhestianaya Gorka – Kositskoye – Novoye Ovsino - the Zhestianaya Gorka memorial; Voronino -the military memorial; Kositskoye - the mass grave of the residents of Doskino, Tanina Gora and other villages burned alive by the Nazi occupiers; Novoye Ovsino; monument dedicated to the unification of the 5th Partisan Brigade with the 59th Army of the Soviet Armed Forces on the Luga River on 28 January 1944.