magazine article on restoration of Eastern European Jewish cemeteries #general
Thank you to Phyllis Nierel Simon for sharing an interesting article in the Winter 2020 issue of B'nai B'rith Magazine (https://www.bnaibrith.org/2020-winter-bnai-brith-magazine.html).
The article, "Unfinished Business: Restoring Eastern Europe’s Desecrated Jewish Cemeteries," describes a number of organizations that are working to restore cemeteries:
- ESJF (European Jewish Cemetery Initiative)
- FODZ (Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland)
- Matzevah Foundation
- Avoyseinu (Heritage Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries)
as well as several groups focused on individual towns.
Towns that are mentioned:
Goniadz, Milejczyce, and Przerosl, Poland
Huklyvyi and Rohaytn, Ukraine
It was nice to see the names of some genealogy friends as well!
Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
The author of this article made a number of journalistic errors as it highlighted the important work of a good number of people in a good number of places in Eastern Europe. Please make sure to read Myrna Teck's letter to the editor in response to the article as well. The link is <https://www.bnaibrith.org/uploads/1/1/6/9/116999275/-letteronly2_unfinishedbusiness_2020bbm_winter_24.pdf>. Those who wish to read more about the ongoing work in towns mentioned in the article such as Goniądz or towns anywhere else in Poland not mentioned in the article are encouraged to read more at <jewishheritagepoland.org>.
Dan A. Oren
Friends of Jewish Heritage in Poland