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Mass Graves Survey Completes in Rohatyn

Over nine days at the end of May and into June, the long-anticipated non-invasive survey of the Jewish mass graves in Rohatyn was completed by a team of four scientists from the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University in the UK, led by Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls, an award-winning archaeologist with extensive research experience at Holocaust sites in Europe and…

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Rohatyn Jewish Heritage Meets with Rohatyn Students

At the invitation of Rohatyn English teachers Nataliya Olvach and Ruslana Okrepka, Thursday morning this past week I met with students participating in a three-week intensive English language summer camp at Gymnasium #1 located at the corner of vul. Halytska and vul. Shevchenko, across from Roksolana Square. Nataliya had seen on Facebook a few days earlier that Rohatyn Jewish Heritage…

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Cutting, Clearing, & Cleaning at Rohatyn’s New Jewish Cemetery

Yesterday we joined a dozen activists from the Lviv Volunteer Center, including our friends Sasha Nazar and Ukrainian independent filmmakers Dasha and Sashko Balabai, to clear vegetation at Rohatyn’s new Jewish cemetery. The work was part of the preparation for professional non-invasive ground surveys that will be conducted beginning next week by a team led by Dr. Caroline Sturdy Colls…

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Centropa Trans.History Seminar for Educators
on Jewish History & Culture

Some wonderful contacts were made with teachers in Ternopil, Ukraine (about 90km east of Rohatyn) when Rohatyn Jewish Heritage attended a cross-border education seminar in Lviv on March 31 and April 1, 2017.  The teachers, Kateryna Tsybulska and Nataliya Porokhnyak, have been working to bring Jewish memory and Galician multi-ethnic history to their high school and college students. Their latest…

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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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