(Poland) Jewish Tombstones Found in Riverbed and Walkways #general
Jan Meisels Allen
One hundred Jewish tombstone fragments were removed >from the Warta River in
Poland located in Mstow, Silesia - on the border with the Czech Republic. The
tombstones were destroyed by the Nazis. The discovery was made by
archaeologists >from the University of Lodz. At one time Jews made up 30% of
the Mstow before WWII.
To read more see: http://tinyurl.com/qzkfxtl
Thank you to Eden Joachim for alerting us to the story.
It is known that the Nazis used Jewish tombstones - matzevahs - for paving
stones on roadways. Today Jewish tombstones can be seen in playgrounds,
walking paths, gazebos and parts of the Warsaw zoo.
In an article >from last November, The Blaze, relates a story of how one of
Poland's Strongest Man competition champion's went to lift a Jewish
headstone that was on the ground.
Many Poles are helping by contacting the "matzeva" hotline. Volunteers go to
different towns to investigate where they may find matzevahs and are also
finding mass unmarked graves. In one town they found someone had a hidden
Torah >from his former neighbor who was the town's rabbi. Only 20% of the
Torah is remaining. There is nothing in the article that says what they are
doing with the found matzevahs but an organization, ">from the Depths"
(http://www.fromthedepths.org/) is mentioned and they are working on this.
To read the article see: http://tinyurl.com/kna37v8
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
I recently visited Kazimierz Dolny, a small town near Lublin that has
a artistic memorial wall made up of broken tombstones. The site is
referred to as "The Wailing Wall" and a visit there is included in
their guided city tours.
There is also a partially reconstructed synagogue building in town run
as a museum/guest house by the Jewish community.