Pampyoli, Vehkalahti Finland #scandinavia


Eleanor Platt QC <kbx62@...>
 

I have seen a notice in a tourist book about this place which
states there is a cemetery for the jewish soldiers of Czar
NicholasII. Does anyone know any more about this place?
Are there any records extant?
We plan to visit in July 2004 so would like as much information
beforehand as possible.
Many thanks
Eleanor Lind
London UK


JNB <jnblank@...>
 

I've heard about the cemetery though I've never visited the place
myself. Actually I understand it's not a separate cemetery - just a few
graves of Russian Jewish soldiers buried in a plot next to the cemetery
of the (Christian) Orthodox community of Hamina. Hamina is the city
nearest to the municipality of Vehkalahti, in S.E. Finland.

I think I once saw an article about this cemetery in the magazine of
the Helsinki Jewish community, "Hakehila", but can't recall the details.

I suggest you try and contact the following :

1) Dan Kantor, the executive secretery of the Jewish community of
Helsinki: dan.kantor@jchelsinki.fi

2) the tourist office of the city of Hamina (covering also Vehkalahti):
matkailu@hamina.fi

3) The (Christian) Orthodox community of Hamina, who is responsible for
the upkeep of the cemetery. They can be reached at: hamina@ort.fi

Hope this helps.

Joel Blankett
Jerusalem, Israel
(formerly Helsinki, Finland


Eleanor Platt QC <kbx62@...>
 

That is a fantastic response many thanks I shall do all you suggest.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all Israel at this time.

Eleanor Lind

On 2/4/03 9:48 am, "JNB" <jnblank@netvision.net.il> wrote:

I've heard about the cemetery though I've never visited the place
myself. Actually I understand it's not a separate cemetery - just a few
graves of Russian Jewish soldiers buried in a plot next to the cemetery
of the (Christian) Orthodox community of Hamina. Hamina is the city
nearest to the municipality of Vehkalahti, in S.E. Finland.
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