Following on from the success of the previous pilot project (EAC/S10/2018), the European Commission awarded ESJF 1,000,000 EUR to survey 1,700 Jewish burial sites across seven European countries, under the framework of the pilot project Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: Continuation of the mapping process, stakeholders’ involvement and awareness raising (EAC/S10/2019).
Carried out as a consortium with NGOs Centropa and Foundation for Jewish Heritage, this new project will not only see a significant expansion of our comprehensive database of Jewish burial sites, but also a new programme
of educational outreach events and an increased focus on stakeholder engagement.
Within the framework of the European Commission’s call for a pilot project Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe: A full mapping process with research and monitoring and individual costed proposals for protection, the ESJF was awarded 800,000 EUR to survey 1,500 Jewish burial sites across five European countries.
Through ESJF’s educational outreach programmes, secondary school students are encouraged to preserve and maintain the historical memory of local Jewish communities, including cemetery sites. This is of particular importance in the areas in which, in the wake of the Holocaust, Jewish communities no longer exist, as these cemeteries may represent the last physical testament to Jewish presence.