June 30, 2017

Rededication ceremony at the recently fenced Jewish cemetery in Radvanka, Ukrainian Zakarpatia

On May 23rd, a rededication ceremony was held for the newly fenced Jewish cemetery in Radvanka, Zakarpatia oblast, which had been neglected for decades. Zakarpatia is the region with the highest density of Jewish burial sites in Eastern Europe.

Attendees included Jens Kraus-Masse, Head of the Consular and Legal Department of the German Embassy; Hungarian Consul to Uzhhorod, Dr. Cheh Aron; and Slovakian Vice-Consul Ladislava Gunarova.

ESJF CEO Philip Carmel thanked the Chief administrator of the executive committee of Uzhhorod City Council, Olena Makara, and Oleksandr Petik, Deputy Governor of Zakarpatia, for their invaluable assistance in the protection of the cemetery.

The ceremony was also attended by the Vizel family from the USA, whose ancestor was the town Rabbi prior to World War II and is buried in the cemetery. The Rabbi of Uzhhorod, Menahem-Mendel Wilhelm and Mykhaylo Halyn, Head of the Uzhhorod Jewish community, were also in attendance.

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