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Remembering 79 Years Ago

After a year and a half of Covid prevented us from being in Ukraine on this date in 2020 and 2021, Jay and I were finally able to be in Rohatyn this year on June 6th to mark in person the anniversary of the final liquidation of the wartime Jewish ghetto, 79 years after that terrible event. Joined by Lviv…

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Eighty Years Later, Another War

Today we were supposed to gather with friends and colleagues from Rohatyn, Lviv, and elsewhere in Ukraine and Europe, and together with Jewish descendants of Rohatyn from Israel and the US, for a memorial service led by Rabbi Kolesnyk of Ivano-Frankivsk to mark the 80-year anniversary of the German Nazi destruction of the Jewish community of Rohatyn, as we had…

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RJH Annual Report 2021

This is a descriptive annual report for Rohatyn Jewish Heritage (RJH) covering the calendar year 2021. As for every year, this report summarizes our project progress and events, with an outline of our NGO finances as well. To put this unusual year in context, see our report for 2020 (prior years’ reports are also accessible in the news section of…

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Jewish Communities Remembered: Chesnyky and Burshtyn

Last month Rohatyn Jewish Heritage participated in a moving and long overdue memorial service. Ця сторінка також доступна українською. Thanks to the Rosolovska family of the village of Chesnyky (Чесники) near Rohatyn, Chesnyky’s prewar Jewish families were honored through the unveiling of a monument to their memory on October 18, next to the common grave where almost a dozen Jews…

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Cemetery Clearing Season Ends for 2021

Temperatures are dropping fast in western Ukraine now, and Marla and I have concluded that the season for working to clear wild vegetation at the Jewish burial sites in Rohatyn has reached an end. We still expect more rain before the snows begin and plant life goes dormant, but the chill should slow wild growth significantly so that we can…

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Dozens of Jewish Headstone Fragments Recovered Today

For the second time so far in 2021, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage team member Vasyl Yuzyshyn was alerted to Jewish headstone fragments discovered outside the Jewish cemetery. Ця стаття також доступна українською. This week a local homeowner, Zinoviy Pavlyuk, reported the fragments to the Opillya local history museum in Rohatyn. Mr. Pavlyuk’s family bought a home on vul. Drahomanova (also called…

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Connecting Memory – Project Start in Rohatyn

Marla and I would like to inform you about the beginnings of a new project which we hope will ultimately provide enhanced, sustainable protection and commemoration of the Jewish mass graves in Rohatyn, and also help to develop and distribute Holocaust-related educational materials for teachers and students in Rohatyn and Ukraine. This is a formal three-year collaborative project involving dozens…

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78 Years Ago – Not Forgotten

Jay and I were unable to stand in person again this year before the memorial at the “vodokanal” north mass grave in Rohatyn to remember the more than 3,000 Jewish victims of the final liquidation of Rohatyn’s wartime Jewish ghetto in June 1943. In our stead and on behalf of Jewish descendants today was Rohatyn Jewish Heritage team member and…

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Passing of Mykhailo Vorobets

It is with tremendous sadness that we report on the passing today in Rohatyn of Mykhailo Vorobets, retired teacher, author, local historian, and carrier of memory of the city’s prewar Jewish families and their history. Having contracted COVID-19 last November, Mr. Vorobets was confined to bed for most of winter. In late April, our friend Vasyl Yuzyshyn was in Rohatyn…

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