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Looking for Vselyub Cemetery #belarus


fjs@...
 

Dear Mr Domeshek,

I am familiar with the cemetery in Vselyub.  Its restoration was organised in Belarus on behalf of Siena College by the East European Jewish Heritage Project  of which I am Director.  Mr Lozman acted as a liaison between ourselves and Siena.  Ralph Blasting, Dean of Students at Siena College, now retired, was in charge of the project and dealt with the financing and most of the Stateside organisational details.  I will send you his contact details privately as well as that as of another Siena College faculty participant.  While some headstone rubbings were made I do not believe that all headstones were so processed nor was the cemetery indexed.  Unfortunately the cemetery is now in disrepair owing to lack of funds for its maintenance.  Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions.
 
Best regards,
 
Frank Swartz
Minsk


kdomeshek@...
 

To everyone who has replied here and to me privately...THANK YOU!  The research community is amazing.  In such a short time, valuable help has come from a half dozen people in Israel, Belarus, and the US.  Here is a progress update.  There is reliable information from a descendant that over 100 families were in this shtetl before the war.  As referenced above, cemetery restoration was done in 2006.  A panoramic photograph has been found that shows about 50 headstones from that restoration.  However, there is also evidence that more stones exist, but were not set upright or read/rubbed.  An archive of photographs from the restoration has been located and will be scoured for clues.  A photograph of one headstone rubbing is in the archive.  It was for Bryna/Braina, daughter of Shlomo, wife of rabbi Yaakov Libowicz.  JGen researchers from this area, who have searched for Libowicz, have been emailed.  A list containing Jewish names on 55 stones has been found.  Two of the names were immediately recognized as belonging to a survivor family.  This family was part of the early nucleus of Bielski Partisans.  From a memoir that this family published, one of the names in this cemetery now has a face and a final resting place.

Shalom.  Ken Domeshek.  Houston