Kishinev Jewish Cemetery update #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

I want to share with you thoughts about Kishinev Jewish Cemetery.  I am working on "second" reading for Sector 6.
As you know we have already worked on Sectors 1, 2, 4 and 5. Total number of records available at JOWBR is 8,851 and 558 graves were not identified.  Let's I explain what that means.  If there is no surname, no name, and no father's name at the inscription - that grave is not identified.  Here is Cemetery Report as of now:

Sector 6 is somewhat different.  Total number of graves is about 3,000, and from that almost 1,000 are not identified.  The monuments are broken into pieces, or fallen on the ground.  That sector is in terrible condition.  Even "identified" graves are in disarray, and they will not last long.  It is probably not more than 500 graves are in normal condition!

You may remember that in 2018 Prime Minister of Republic of Moldova visited that cemetery and demanded a plan to restore the Jewish cemetery.  You can read an article about that visit and the result of Cleaning efforts, when about 200 monuments were damaged!  Read this article from the Cemetery Report.

Here are two inscriptions which we able to read somehow:
I had to stitch two images together...
 GOLDENBERG,  Slava Peril bat Yosef, 27 Av 5675, 25-Jul-1915

The second image is attached
? ben Avraham, 11 Tevet 5680

The 6th sector is also special in other way.   I found graves of about 20 people who were victims in Kishinev Pogrom of 1903.  There will be a special report/website about this soon.  Also there are victims of Kishinev Pogrom of 1905, victims of Kishinev Ghetto of 1941-1942.

I want to thank two people who did a great job working on this sector:  Terry Lasky and Nathen Gabriel

I would like to hear from the group of what we can do to save that cemetery, and make it somewhat better.

All the best,

Shabbat Shalom,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia Group Leader and Coordinator