We are delighted to announce that, following a three-month hiatus due to Covid-19, ESJF’s survey work started again last week.
Two of our teams are now back on the road, performing ground and drone surveys of Jewish cemetery sites in the Kirovohrad region of Ukraine. These surveys are part of our second European Commission-funded project, “Protecting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe”, in which we plan to map and survey 1,700 sites across 7 countries to add to our growing database of Jewish cemeteries.
Locating, mapping, and surveying these cemeteries plays a crucial role in their long-term preservation. Not only does it allow us to keep a comprehensive record of the sites, many of which are unlisted prior to our arrival, but it lets us determine which sites are at greatest risk and exactly what measures need to be taken to preserve them.
We are keeping a close eye on the situation in all of our project countries, and as restrictions start to lift, we will gradually begin our survey work again elsewhere. However, our principle concern is the safety of our survey teams, and we will continue to ensure they are redeployed responsibly and with the proper protective equipment.
Stay tuned for further updates!