We are delighted to announce the completion of the ESJF fencing project in Briceva, Moldova, our first ever in the country. While this site in historic Bessarabia contains many gravestones, it had lay abandoned and overgrown when first visited by ESJF inspectors. Fencing at the site was completed yesterday when it was visited by our chief engineer Hryhoriy Arshynov.
A Jewish agricultural settlement was founded here in 1848 close to the Dniester River and today, very near the Ukrainian border. Jewish communities abounded in this region before WWII staddling the current borders of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. In 1930, Jews numbered almost 2,500 in Briceva, some 89 percent of the village population. Because of the proximity to the USSR, many Briceva Jews escaped over the border during WWII. Those who remained were deported to Transnystria where they were killed. The agricultural settlement did not re-form after the war. Jewish cemeteries in Moldova face the same imminent threats as in Ukraine and Belarus, although costs are higher for construction because of the difficulty in finding contractors in remote regions. We hope to be able to prioritise additional sites in Moldova next year.
We are grateful for the support in this ESJF project of the LivingStones Association and the personal and deep encouragement of Yvette Merzbacher