Ukrainian high school students from Lutsk in the Volhyn region in the north-west of the country took part yesterday in a special field trip and education programme to learn about the rich Jewish history of the region.
Protection of Jewish cemeteries only begins with fencing. For long–term protection, the most vital factor is the mobilization of local people to understand that this Jewish heritage in their towns and villages is also a key part of their own Ukrainian local and national heritage.
The programmes encourage dialogue, teach about Jewish practice and examine the rich tapestry of cultures and religions that live in these areas. Students yesterday visited the old synagogue building in Ostroh as well as the local Jewish cemetery.