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Rohatyn Remembers: 75th Anniversary of the Destruction of Rohatyn’s Jewish Community

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the largest and deadliest of the Nazi aktions in Rohatyn. On March 20, 1942, nearly the entire Jewish community of Rohatyn was murdered beside large open pits in a field south of town center, and then buried there in the first of Rohatyn’s mass graves; more than three thousand people, including more than a…

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Mass Graves Survey and Heritage Sites Update

Here is a brief status update on the several Jewish heritage projects active in Rohatyn, from the town visit Marla and I made yesterday with friends and colleagues from Lviv. Joining us on this visit were our longtime supporter and adviser Alex Denysenko, who also served as interpreter for several of the meetings; Alexander (Sasha) Nazar, head of the Lviv…

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Follow-up Forum with Rohatyn Educators & Museums Staff

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage met again yesterday at the Rohatyn Public Library with about twenty Rohatyn educators, including teachers plus museum and library personnel, most of whom had also been present at our last get-together on 06 September 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on questions raised in September which we had been unable to sufficiently answer…

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Rohatyn Jewish Heritage Participates in Lviv Roundtable

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage began its public activities in the new year by participating in a roundtable discussion yesterday in Lviv on preserving Jewish cultural heritage in western Ukraine and adjacent areas. The stated purposes of the roundtable were to: create a forum to draw attention to the importance of preserving the cultural heritage of the region; discuss existing and planned…

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New Year Meeting with Rabbi Kolesnik of Ivano-Frankivsk

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage met yesterday with Rabbi Moshe Leib Kolesnik at his office in the synagogue of Ivano-Frankivsk, together with our friends and interpreters Alex Denysenko and Ihor Klishch. Among the many topics we discussed was the upcoming spring 2017 mass grave survey work to be conducted by Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls and her team from Staffordshire University. As expected,…

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RJH is Now Registered as a Ukrainian Nonprofit NGO

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage is proud to announce that we are now a registered public organization and nonprofit NGO in Ukraine. We hope this will help us partner with other organizations in Ukraine and abroad to further our goals. Special thanks to Vitaliy Nadashkevych, Executive Director of Law Craft Legal Services & Consulting here in Lviv for understanding our long-term goals…

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In-Town Planning for Mass Grave Survey Work

This morning Marla and I met with Mayor Serhii Nasalyk and Deputy Mayor Mykola Shynkar of Rohatyn to outline the non-invasive archaeological survey work we have commissioned for spring 2017 to determine the geographic boundaries of the WWII Jewish mass graves in the city. Accompanied by our friend and translator Ihor Klishch, and our long-time colleague and local activist Mikhailo…

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Discussion Forum with Rohatyn Educators

This afternoon we met with Rohatyn educators to open discussions about how Rohatyn Jewish Heritage can develop and share educational resources with Rohatyn students about their city’s Jewish past and present. As part of this envisioned long-term project of two-way educational collaboration and mutual benefit, we are very motivated to hear from Rohatyn’s teachers, students, and others so we can…

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Headstone Recovery Update: 06 September 2016

Two ‘new’ Jewish headstone fragments have been recovered since our last post; one had already been taken to the old Jewish cemetery in Rohatyn, and we were able to lift and transport the other ourselves as part of our usual review of the Jewish heritage sites in town today. We also visited the locations which produced the 50 matzevot fragments…

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Rohatyn’s Mikhailo Vorobets Joins Rohatyn Jewish Heritage in Lviv

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage had the great opportunity to participate with Mikhailo Vorobets in a workshop today in Lviv, discussing our projects aimed at preserving Jewish heritage and memory in Rohatyn. The workshop, entitled “Mapping Presence: Jewish Heritage Sites, Initiatives, and Experiences in Ukraine“, brought together more than a dozen practitioners and experts from several countries including Ukraine, Hungary, and Israel,…

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