Participants from countries across Central and Eastern Europe took part in a two-day conference in Bratislava from the 25th to 26th of February, kicking off a mass survey project co-funded by the European Union, to map out Jewish cemeteries in communities wiped out in the Holocaust.
The seminar, in which participants examined new methodologies for historical research and field surveys, brought together partner organisations and experts from our five target countries – Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine – as well as participants from Hungary, Romania, and Poland. Maciej Hofman from the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture opened the event, followed by an introduction from ESJF colleagues.
On Monday, national representatives met to discuss legal, institutional, and practical concerns, as well as strategies to sustainably and meaningfully incorporate Jewish cemeteries into their local heritage. The following day, participants joined the ESJF team on an excursion to two Jewish cemeteries in Reca, Western Slovakia, for a drone demonstration.