August 23, 2017

Local girl’s initiative will see matzevot return to Derazhne Jewish cemetery

With the fencing project at Derazhne Jewish cemetery in NW Ukraine now well underway, a local initiative has been launched to return gravestones which have been removed from the site since the destruction of the Jewish community in the Shoah. This ESJF fencing project was spurred by the initiative of local girl Katy Kryvko, who approached us shortly after our photo exhibition Jewish Cemeteries in Ukraine, held at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine last November. Katya informed us that there was a Jewish cemetery in a forested area near her village which urgently needed fencing, and we happily took the task on earlier this year.

Together, with help from Katya’s mother, Tatiana Kryvko, and her teacher, Lyudmila Lanyush, a major effort has been launched among locals to seek out matzevot around the village and return them to the site. A local television station filmed a segment on the beginning of our fencing work in Derazhne this week.

The fence at Derazhne will be complete before Rosh Hashana. We are very grateful to Katya, Tatiana, and Ludmilla for all their help in preserving this cemetery, and we look forward to joining them for the rededication ceremony at the site very soon.

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