Re: more on the cemetery, etc. #ciechanow #poland


Stan Zeidenberg
 

I want to suggest that for now we put a hold on the group discussion of
cemetery restoration. Instead, I recommend that anyone interested in
researching the feasibility of such an endeavour, contact me personally and
we will thoroughly look into the matter and then report back to the group.
I think that it would be a very good idea to determine, conclusively, what
is and what is not possible in this regard.

Stan Zeidenberg, Coordinator
Ciechanow Research Group

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-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Bonfield [mailto:bbonfield@...]
Sent: June-16-10 11:31 AM
To: Ciechanow Research Group
Subject: Fw: more on the cemetery, etc.

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Steven,
I agree with you that the "cemetery" is just a space between large apartment
buildings. The monument was placed there by survivors of the Holocaust,
including my cousin whose entire family >from Ciechanow was murdered at
Auschwitz. He was liberated at the age of 18, brought to the U.S. by
relatives and now lives in Chicago. He described his visit to Ciechanow when
the monument was placed there and it was meaningful for him. He did say
that the modern Ciechanow is "quite pretty" - too pretty for the horrible
events that took place there.

I guess, as a memorial to all the victims of the Holocaust and to our
ancestors who were buried there, I feel compelled to do something that makes
a statement that the little bit that remains of the cemetery is hallowed
ground and should not be used for any other purpose.

When I visited Poland in 2004, I also went to Mlawa where other of my
ancestors lived. The cemetery there is larger, has a larger memorial but is
still unkempt and should have someone's attention.

I brought stones >from both cemeteries and placed them on my father's grave.
Barbara
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven D. Bloom" <sbloom@...>
To: "Ciechanow Research Group" <ciechanow@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 9:00 AM
Subject: more on the cemetery, etc.

Just to be a bit more clear, since it would seem to the average reader
that some of our posts might be contradictory.

My guide in Ciechanow in 2008 said that there had been two cemeteries,
the old one and a newer (20th century) one. The old one didn't seem to
exist in any form at all, as far as I could tell. The new one was sort
of a lot, but I think maybe better described as a strip of park in
front of an apartment building. No stones or anything, not even
crushed or knocked down. There is a Holocaust memorial there with no
names. The inscription was quite stark and just said something about
it being a memorial to those who were martyred at the hands of the
Nazis.

from what others said, some intact stones might exist (they were use
for paving). I know in other towns, such as Aleksandrow, they were
able to retrieve a number of stones that were used for paving, but the
process of restoring the cemetery is long and arduous and costs money.

But the long and the short of it is that I wouldn't expect to see a
lot in Ciechanow, but I believe one should go to the ancestral towns
anyway, even if there is not a lot there....especially if you have
other towns you can visit that do have cemeteries. Perhaps you can do
some advance research and determine whether it would be worthwhile to
get some records at the records office in Ciechanow. I did this in other
towns.

Steve Bloom
Central Virginia


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