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Conference and Rohatyn Heritage Tour for Educators

This week we participated in a conference on “Civil Society, Digital Storytelling and 20th Century Jewish History in Ukraine“, and led a tour of heritage sites in Rohatyn for about 25 educators from Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Poland. The three-day conference was hosted and managed by Vienna-based Centropa though their Trans.History education program for teachers and civil society activists in…

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Rohatyn Featured in a Special Edition of Gesher Galicia’s Journal “The Galitzianer”

The Jewish genealogy research organization focused on the former Austrian crownland of Galicia, Gesher Galicia, has dedicated the entire March 2018 edition of their quarterly journal The Galitzianer to the people and places of Rohatyn. And, very fortunately for us and anyone with an interest in Rohatyn, Gesher Galicia has generously allowed us to present the complete edition of the…

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Update on the North Mass Graves in Rohatyn

Thanks to an introduction by Mykhailo Vorobets, last week Marla and I were able to interview a former manager of the “vodokanal” site in Rohatyn where the Jewish mass graves from the June 1943 aktion are located. The discussion took place at the site, where we were shown the specific places where human remains were discovered more than thirty years…

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RJH Annual Report 2017

This is an informal annual report for Rohatyn Jewish Heritage (RJH) for the calendar year 2017, in essence a year-in-review summary of our project progress and events, with an outline of our finances as well. The summary seems long, but (for us, at least) it helps to organize the sometimes chaotic mix of activities we had this past year. It’s…

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Jewish Mass Graves Survey Report Online

For nine days from late May to early June, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage commissioned a non-invasive professional archaeology survey at WW2-era Jewish mass grave sites in Rohatyn. The 80-page final report by the Centre of Archaeology from Staffordshire University is now online. Within the surveyed areas, two mass grave boundaries were detected and defined (one at each location, north and south),…

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Second Lviv Roundtable on Jewish Heritage is Held

Rohatyn Jewish Heritage participated on December 11, 2017 in a follow-up roundtable titled “Saving Jewish Cultural Heritage”. The roundtable was held at the office of the Honorary Consul of Israel in Lviv, where earlier this year a first roundtable was convened to review local Jewish heritage projects, and to exchange strategies for meeting challenges faced in cities and towns to…

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Rohatyn Jewish Heritage Presents at EHRI Holocaust Seminar

Yesterday, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage was one of three presenters on the final day of an international EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) research seminar organized by NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Amsterdam), the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History (Munich), and our friends at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe here…

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25 More Headstone Fragments Uncovered on vul. Drahomanovа

Olga Verbiana, a friend and journalist living in Rohatyn, alerted us through Facebook last week that another significant batch of Jewish headstone fragments were uncovered on vul. Drahomanovа across the road from the Hnyla Lypa River. The two dozen stones, mostly large fragments and each making up a third or quarter of an original stone, were discovered when a local…

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The Matzevah Foundation Visits Rohatyn’s
Old Jewish Cemetery

It was our great pleasure yesterday to bring to Rohatyn our friends Steven Reece and Bruce Mussey of The Matzevah Foundation, Inc. (TMF), a qualified Christian charity organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than a decade of experience working in Jewish cemeteries in Poland. The visit gave Steven and Bruce a first opportunity to walk Rohatyn’s old Jewish cemetery…

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