February 8, 2019

First drone survey carried out at the Jewish cemetery in Pyryatyn

On February 8th, a team of ESJF researchers visited Pyryatyn (Poltava region, Ukraine) to map the perimeter of the local Jewish burial site with a drone.

Back in the spring of 2017, when ESJF were conducting mass monitoring and initial surveys in the Poltava region, our team discovered a burial site with more than 400 graves in Pyryatyn, with some matzevot dating back to the 19th century.

The site showed disturbing signs of vandalism, with ESJF colleagues finding disinterred human bones, which needed immediate reburial. Kremenchug Rabbi Shlomo Salamon and Yevgeniy Leshchinskiy from Khesed Khaim arranged a minyan, and the bones were reburied in full accordance with the Jewish tradition.

However, the burial site still needs long term protection and fencing, and our colleagues visited Pyryatyn today to resume work. As soon as weather permits, we hope to continue our efforts on the ground.

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