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Rabbi Ben-Zion Saydman
Attached are poor copies of gravestone photographs taken in the old Rumshishok (Rumsiskes) cemetery in 1940. In the early 1950's the shtetl of Rumshishok and surrounding area was flooded in order to create the Kauno Marios. Somehow just prior to the planned flooding, the shammas from Kovno arranged with the Soviet authorities to transfer the remains (but not the matzevos) from the old Rumshishok cemetery, and the killing ravine outside of town, to the Aleksotas cemetery in Kaunas. To this day, I am in awe of this shammas for succeeding in this mitzva.
I approach you today for two reasons. First, for those who have AMAZING technical skills, please try and improve these photographic copies so we can read the matzevos. The cemetery is long gone and this is all we have. Second, and this one is a bit nutty, we found a 1944 aerial Luftwaffe photograph showing the exact latitude and longitude of the old Rumshishok cemetery. Having this knowledge, we could send a diver down to see if the any of the matzevos survived. Our hope is that a layer of silt may have covered the stones and protected the writing. Your thoughts, expertise, ideas and potential plans are welcome.
The aerial photograph, gravestone copies, and much more may be found at https://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Rumsiskes
Rabbi Benzi Saydman
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