The ESJF is happy to report that we finished drone surveys for 2019. In the framework of the pilot project that runs between December 2018 and May 2020, funded by the European Commission we pledged to map and survey at least 1500 Jewish cemeteries in 5 countries: Moldova, Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
We are happy to report that more than 90% of this survey work is done, and our staff will now spend the winter months with data analysis, database development, educational work, and with preparation for the remaining surveys next year.
The available data is scarce, inaccurate or insufficient in many project countries, so our pilots visited many more locations than what we actually surveyed: any location with sustained, significant Jewish presence could have a cemetery. In order to ensure that our surveys are comprehensive, the ESJF made sure no place is missed where the size of the local Jewish community could indicate the presence of a cemetery. With this method we managed to find several hitherto undocumented Jewish cemeteries, especially in Moldova and Ukraine. Our surveyors visited 1747 sites in total, and they surveyed 1406.
We visited 132 locations in Moldova, 48 in Greece, 316 in Slovakia, 103 in Lithuania, and 1148 in Ukraine. Out of this we successfully surveyed 70 cemeteries in Moldova, 45 in Greece, 240 in Slovakia, 103 in Lithuania and 948 in Ukraine.
After the winter months we will return to conclude surveys in Zilina region in Slovakia, and in Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, and Cherkassy regions in Ukraine.