May 19, 2022

The ESJF completes clear up at the Nadvirna Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

Despite the on-going war, work in Ukraine continues. Last week the ESJF team completed a clean up at the Nadvirna Jewish cemetery in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast.

Jews first settled in Nadvirna in the 18th century, forming an important Jewish centre in the city. By the end of the 19th century more than half of the local population was Jewish. However, in 1942 the community was completely wiped out by the Holocaust. Many perished in the Belzec concentration camp. The ESJF protected the last testament to this community by fencing the Nadvirna Jewish cemetery in 2019 with the help of Steven Turner from Gesher Galicia, who co-sponsored the project and Leslie Nolan from the US Peace Corps.

However, a vital factor in the preservation of Jewish cemeteries is not only the physical fencing, which provides the first stage of preservation by demarcating the borders of the site, but the continued care of the cemetery. We would therefore like to express our gratitude again to Steven Turner from Gesher Galicia for funding this activity.

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