ESJF 2019/20 surveys in five European countries

Drone surveys wrapping up for 2019 with more than 90% of the work done

The ESJF is happy to report that we have now completed our drone surveys for 2019. In the framework of the pilot project running between December 2018 and May 2020, funded by the European Commission, we pledged to map and survey at least 1,500 Jewish cemeteries across 5 countries: Moldova, Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Ukraine.…
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ESJF’s educational projects underway in Slovakia

ESJF educational projects underway in Slovakia

ESJF has begun its educational outreach to schools in Slovakia. On October 7th, 2019, Dr. Jan Hlavinka, head of the Holocaust Documentation Center in Bratislava, led students from two schools in the eastern Slovakian town of Humenné on an excursion to the local Jewish cemetery.  Students from Gymnázium arm.gen. Ludvika Svobodu and elementary school Základná…
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Surveys finishing in Lithuania

In the past weeks, ESJF has surveyed 100 sites across Lithuania as part of the pilot project funded by the European Commission. Lithuania is the last of the 5 countries in which ESJF surveys were conducted this year. The work was supported by our local partners, the Community of Lithuanian Jews (Lietuvos žydų bendruomenė), particularly…
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Unexpected cemetery discovery in Novoselytsia

Unexpected cemetery discovery in Novoselytsia, Chernivetska oblast

ESJF has begun the process of surveying in Chernivetska oblast, and have already visited over 60 sites. In many cases, our work focuses on areas where historical records suggest the likelihood of a long-term Jewish presence, but where accurate documentation is missing, in order to determine whether a Jewish cemetery was ever present. In that…
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Policy officer Maciej Hofman from the European Commission visits Zakarpattya with the ESJF survey team

The 2019-2020 EU grant given to ESJF entails not only a mass survey of 1,500 Jewish cemeteries across 5 countries, but also educational initiatives and efforts to build cooperation with local authorities in spreading the word about our shared heritage. Between the 5th and the 7th of June, policy officer Maciej Hofman from the European…
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