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Our projects of heritage, history, and education have appeared in a variety of media during the past few years; direct links to several articles and conference presentations are included here. See also the broader coverage of heritage issues on the References and Links page.
on the Jewish Heritage Europe website:
03May2021: Ukraine: Death of Mykhailo Vorobets, longtime guardian of Jewish heritage and memory in Rohatyn; marking the passing of RJH’s first and most significant local supporter, after more than 25 years connecting modern Rohatyn to the Jewish diaspora, and 10 years of joint work with RJH; links to our 02May2021 news report
11Nov2020: Jewish Cemetery Clean-ups – Round-up 4; an updated review of ongoing cemetery clearing work across Europe , including a cross-post of our 23Oct2020 news report wrapping up clearing work at the cemeteries in Rohatyn during 2020, featuring the hard work of RJH team member Vasyl Yuzyshyn and other Ukrainian volunteer friends
17Sep2020: Jewish Cemetery Clean-ups – Round-up 3; a detailed review of ongoing cemetery clearing work across Europe with a special section on headstone recoveries, including a cross-post of our 15Aug2020 news report on a headstone recovery surprise during summer clearing work at the old cemetery in Rohatyn
10Jul2020: Ukraine: Major new resource for Jewish cemetery preservation in western Ukraine; a review with links to the recently-published website “A Guide to Jewish Cemetery Preservation in Western Ukraine” developed by Rohatyn Jewish Heritage under a grant from Fulbright, and announced 07Jul2020 on our news page
03Sep2018: Ukraine: Lviv honors dozens of Jewish heritage activists with 75 “keys to the city”; detailed coverage of the award event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lviv ghetto and Janowska camp
26Jun2018: Ukraine: Dozens of matzevot rescued from under L’viv street; had been used as paving; coverage of the LVC-led volunteer action to recover matzevot from under vul. Hanny Barvinok in Lviv
29Dec2017: Ukraine: Rohatyn non-invasive survey report published; a review of and links to our summary of the 2017 non-invasive mass graves boundaries survey, including the full report from the archaeologists
17Dec2017: Further signs of Jewish Heritage cooperation in western Ukraine; a cross-post of our 15Dec2017 news report on the second Lviv roundtable to discuss and network Jewish heritage projects in seven towns, including Rohatyn
06Jun2017: Ukraine: Holocaust mass graves survey at Rohatyn completed; related to our 05Jun2017 news report on the RJH-funded 9-day non-invasive archaeological survey of three mass grave sites
12Feb2017: Ukraine: Signals of cooperation in Jewish heritage work; a cross-post of our 10Feb2017 news report on the Lviv roundtable on Jewish heritage
24Jan2017: New Resource on Jewish Gravestone History & Meaning; a summary and links to our Written in Stone article and the YIVO Encyclopedia article from which we quote extensively
24Jul2016: Uprooted Jewish gravestones, and their return to Jewish Cemeteries; includes Warsaw, Brest, Vilnius, and other cities, plus a detailed summary of our project in Rohatyn
25~28Oct2015: Cross-Disciplinary Conference of European Jewish Cemeteries in Vilnius, Lithiania; Marla Raucher Osborn on the Role of the Internet in Jewish Heritage Preservation
11Jun2015: Rohatyn Update; about the new memorial in the New Jewish Cemetery, and the movement of recovered headstone fragments to the Old Jewish Cemetery
28May2012: Ukraine: Report on Rohatyn Cemetery Project
in the Газета Вікна (Gazeta Vikna, “Window”) online edition:
02Oct2020: Як громадянка США рятує єврейську спадщину в Рогатині (in Ukrainian: “How a US Citizen is Saving Jewish Heritage in Rohatyn”); independent translation and local analysis of a 20Jul2020 interview by JewishNews (see below).
13Oct2019: Fragments of Jewish tombstones were excavated from a building foundation in Rohatyn; local reporting of our 16Sep2019 news report
14Oct2018: Tidying Up the 17th-century Kalush Jewish Cemetery; report on the joint clearing project with volunteers from Kalush residents, Kalush city administration, US Peace Corps, Lviv Volunteer Center, and Rohatyn Jewish Heritage
22Jan2018: Mass Graves of Jews Situated on Rohatyn Vodokanal Site; local reporting of our 09Jan2018 news report
27Sep2017: 25 Gravestones from the Jewish Cemetery Excavated During Installation of a Fence; local reporting of our 19Sep2017 news report
02Apr2017: “You are looking at pure evil” – Observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Destruction of the Rohatyn Jewish Community; local reporting of our 21Mar2017 news report
30Sep2016: Former Jewish Synagogue in Rohatyn now a Boarding School; local reporting of our 11Jun2011 news report
30Jul2016: 50 Ancient Jewish Gravestones Found on the Streets of Rohatyn; a local version of our 23Jul2016 news report adapted from Газета Голос Опілля (The Voice of Opillia)
in the Голос Опілля (Voice of Opillia) newspaper of Rohatyn:
23Sep2022: Спогади про голокост Ґлоцера опубликуют у двомовній книзі (in Ukrainian: “Glotzer Holocaust memoir to be published as a bilingual book”); adapting our news article of 09Sep2022 announcing the UCHS project to revise and print Jack Glotzer’s Rohatyn memoir “I Survived the Holocaust Against All Odds” for free use in Rohatyn schools, which was previously released in free digital versions in English, Ukrainian, and Polish languages.
08Jul2022: Забуттю не підлягає (in Ukrainian: “Not to be forgotten”); about the anniversary memorial event for the victims of the Rohatyn Jewish ghetto liquidation in June 1943, held in wartime conditions in 2022, as covered in our news article of 06Jun2022
25Mar2022: Marla Raucher Osborn, Україна зараз бореться за всіх нас (in Ukrainian: Ukraine is now fighting for all of us); a translation into Ukrainian of her thoughts and concerns about the ongoing Russian invasion and war on Ukraine.
12Feb2021: Mykhailo Vorobets, Рогатин Давній–Сучасний (in Ukrainian: “Rohatyn Ancient and Modern”); about the history of the Jewish community of Rohatyn, with a photo and description of the old Jewish cemetery near the city center; part of an occasional series on the history of the city in photos
11Dec2020: Як громадянка США рятує єврейську спадщину в Україні (in Ukrainian: “How a US Citizen is Saving Jewish Heritage in Ukraine”); local Rohatyn translation and coverage of a 20Jul2020 interview by JewishNews (see below). The feature continues and concludes in the 18Dec2020 edition.
22May2020: Svitlana Roskosh, А чи всі ми пам’ятаємо ті місця, куди не має заростати стежка? (in Ukrainian: “Do we all remember the places where the path should not become overgrown?”); about the springtime Jewish cemetery clearing work begun by RJH Ukrainian volunteers, as covered in our news article of 24Jul2020
02Feb2019: Шляк у спільне майбутнє – крізь призму історії (in Ukrainian: “A way to a common future – through the prism of history”); about the wartime executions of Jews in Rohatyn, and an interview with Marla about Rohatyn Jewish Heritage
15Sep2018: Михайло Воробець отримав “Ключ від міста” (in Ukrainian: “Mykhailo Vorobets receives a ‘Key to the city'”); long-time Rohatyn Jewish Heritage supporter Mykhailo Vorobets is awarded an honorary key by Lviv’s mayor and Jewish organizations for his decades of effort to aid Jewish heritage and history in Rohatyn
in the online news portal of JewishNews, a media arm of the United Jewish Community of Ukraine:
20Jul2020: Марла Осборн: Как гражданка США спасает еврейское наследие в Украине (in Russian: “Marla Osborn: How a US citizen saves Jewish heritage in Ukraine”), an extended interview with the CEO of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, with photos
13Feb2020: Фотограф из США проведет экскурсию по еврейским местам Украины (in Russian: “A Photographer from the USA will Conduct a Tour of Jewish Sites of Ukraine”), from a Facebook post by Marla Raucher Osborn
in Christian Herrmann’s Vanished World blog:
12Apr2017: Between Lviv and Ternopil; a visit to Jewish heritage sites in Rohatyn and other towns of the region
13Mar2013: We owe it to our history to take active responsibility; interview with Marla Raucher Osborn
in the viewpoint-east.org online magazine:
07Mar2020: Sonia Engström, En kamp mot klockan (in Swedish: “A Struggle Against the Clock”), about the Jewish mass grave in the Tyniec forest near Kraków, the race against time to locate and commemorate such places in the region of Galicia, and about the organizations who are working to locate and document these places as local memory fades
08Jun2019: Sonia Engström, …om detta må alla som kan berätta… (in Swedish: “…about this everyone who can should tell…”), on the memorial event marking the 76th anniversary of the liquidation of the Rohatyn Jewish ghetto, and the discovery of additional Jewish headstones in the rubble of a dismantled building in town
13Sep2018: Sonia Engström, Två organisationer som bygger broar mellan folk (in Swedish: “Two organizations building bridges between people“), on a joint visit to Rohatyn by the Swedish-Polish Association in Skåne and Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, organized by LvivResor
22Jun2018: Sonia Engström, Gator som bär sår (in Swedish: “The streets bear their wounds”); see also Part 2 and Part 3 of this series, and the beautiful concluding essay, Part 4; and then, on visiting the recovered gravestones returned to the Yanivske Jewish cemetery in Lviv, a thoughtful Part 5 (to be continued…)
16Jun2018: Sonia Engström, Till minne av likvideringen av Rohatyns getto – 6 juni 1943 (in Swedish: “In memory of the liquidation of Rohatyn’s ghetto – June 6, 1943”)
26Feb2018: Sonia Engström, Om ukrainarnas rätt till deras judiska historia (in Swedish: “On Ukrainians’ Right to Their Jewish History”)
08Jan2018: Sonia Engström, Star Trek från Rohatyn (in Swedish: “Star Trek from Rohatyn”)
23Dec2017: Sonia Engström, Om när halva stan förintas (in Swedish: “When nearly half the town is annihilated”)
31Mar2017: Sonia Engström, Ett arbete som berör – Rohatyn Jewish Heritage (in Swedish: “Work that touches”)
in the Lviv-based online news and culture journal Zaxid.net:
02Sep2018: Yuliia Lavryshyn, У Львові вручили 75 копій ключа від синагоги людям, які популяризують єврейську спадщину регіону (in Ukrainian: “In Lviv, 75 copies of a synagogue key were awarded to people who have popularized the Jewish heritage of the region”); detailed coverage of the award event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lviv ghetto and Janowska camp
05Jun2018: Wito Nadaszkiewicz, В пошуках країни предків (in Ukrainian: “In Search of Ancestor’s Lands”); an interview with Marla Raucher Osborn about her motivations to move to western Ukraine and her experiences here
in the Galicia-focused online news and history journal Zbruč:
30Jun2018: Khrystia Rutar, Повернення єврейської спадщини: медіатори (in Ukrainian: “The Return of Jewish Heritage: The Mediators”); discusses the motivations and actions of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage in Rohatyn and Lviv, in the context of Jewish heritage initiatives in the region
in the Discover section of the website of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE):
14Jun2021: The Osborns: Rohatyn Jewish Heritage. Interview by Natalia Feduschak, UJE Director of Communications, with Marla and Jay Osborn about the increasing engagement of Ukrainians in Jewish heritage, the narrative about Ukraine outside its borders, and how managing the RJH NGO has changed over time and with the pandemic.
21Sep2020: Marla Osborn: How a US citizen is saving Ukraine’s Jewish heritage. Translation from Russian and reprint of a 20Jul2020 interview by JewishNews (see above). In English and Ukrainian.
28Mar2017: Rohatyn Jewish Heritage Participates in Lviv Roundtable. A reprint of our article from 10Feb2017. In English and Ukrainian.
UJE also carries transcripts of Nash Holos radio broadcasts (see below).
in the Publications and Reports section of the cemeteries surveys website of ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative:
2021: Samantha Shokin and Michele Migliori: Catalogue of Best Practices for Jewish Cemetery Preservation; a compilation of active cemetery preservation example projects across nine countries in central and eastern Europe, including Ukraine, and featuring Rohatyn Jewish Heritage among the “Voices from the Community” plus the RJH-created Guide to Jewish Cemetery Preservation in Western Ukraine among the Individual/Grassroots Initiatives
2020: Diána Vonnák and Olena Andronatiy: Jewish Cemeteries and Tourism Development – An ESJF Guide; an illustrated primer on the development of Jewish cemeteries in Europe as sites for tourism, and the use of tourism to promote heritage preservation; highlights projects and opportunities in five countries, including Ukraine, and features contributions from tour guides and heritage activists, including Marla Raucher Osborn of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage
on the internet news portal of the Associated Press (AP):
14Sep2018: Vanessa Gera and Dmitry Vlasov, Baptist pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries; about The Matzevah Foundation and their joint project with RJH in summer 2018 clearing brush at Rohatyn’s old Jewish cemetery. See also the AP Archive video and storyline from the same interviews, at Rohatyn’s old Jewish cemetery and south mass grave, and at the home of Mykhailo Vorobets (also available on the AP YouTube channel).
02Sep2018: Vanessa Gera, Randy Herschaft, and Yevheniy Kravs, Ukrainian city remembers Jews on Holocaust anniversary; about the award ceremony in Lviv honoring dozens of Jewish heritage activists in western Ukraine; the AP story was also carried by several other news outlets including Israel’s Ynet (in Hebrew)
in Areta Kovalska’s Forgotten Galicia blog:
06Jun2018: Vanished World – Galicia’s Jewish Cemeteries; about Christian Herrmann’s Vanished World blog, and including a gallery of his photography of Jewish heritage in western Ukraine, with mention of organizations (including Rohatyn Jewish Heritage) working in former Galicia to recover a part of that heritage
in the newsletter of the Sholem Aleichem Jewish Cultural Center of Lviv, Shofar:
Mar2020: Iryna Rostik, Віднайдено мацеви (in Ukrainian, “Matzevot Found”), page 5; a report on the Jewish headstone recovery effort behind an abandoned house in Lviv, covered in our 05Feb2020 news report
Aug2019: Denys Bulavin, Янголи в Рогатині (in Ukrainian: “Angels in Rohatyn”), page 2; original story by a volunteer in Rohatyn about the cemetery clearing event in Rohatyn’s old Jewish cemetery covered in our 06Jul2019 news report
Jul2018: Wito Nadaszkiewicz, У пошуках країни предків: з сонячної Каліфорнії до «дощового» Львова (in Ukrainian: “In Search of Ancestors’ Lands: From Sunny California to ‘Rainy’ Lviv”), pages 5~6; an interview with Marla Raucher Osborn about her motivations to move to western Ukraine and her experiences here
Apr2018: Olha Verbiana, Історія вункера «рід ногами» у Гестапо (in Ukrainian: “The Story of a Bunker Under the Feet of the Gestapo”), pages 4~5; original local research and story on the topic of our 21Jun2017 news report
in the news briefs of the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA):
28Jun2018: Ruth Ellen Gruber, Volunteers rescue Jewish headstones used to pave street in western Ukraine; coverage of the LVC-led volunteer action to recover matzevot from under vul. Hanny Barvinok in Lviv
in the Новини section of the Ukrainian news website and print newspaper Високий Замок:
12Jul2018: Юлія Ліщенко, «І нацисти, і радянська влада не церемонилися з єврейською історією…» (in Ukrainian: “Both the Nazis and the Soviet authorities did not respect Jewish history …”); background information about the LVC-led volunteer action to recover matzevot from under vul. Hanny Barvinok in Lviv, and on the history of the Yaniv cemetery in Lviv
extended threads on Twitter:
06Jun2018: Ian Bateson on his observations and experiences at the commemorative event for the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Jewish ghetto in Rohatyn; a journalist’s perspective on the event we covered in our 07Jun2018 news report
in the Tablet Magazine blog, The Scroll:
13Apr2017: Benjamin E. Cohen, American Couple Aims to Preserve Remnants of a Ukrainian Shtetl
in the oDR section of the openDemocracy media platform:
28Mar2018: Mikhail Kaluzhsky, “Activists can move a tombstone, but they cannot restore it”: How photographer Christian Herrmann makes a vanished world visible, part of the oDR series “Practically about Memory” on memory activism in the post-Soviet space
in Gesher Galicia‘s quarterly genealogy research journal, The Galitzianer:
Mar2018: Special Issue on Rohatyn, featuring articles by Rohatyn Jewish descendants Alex Feller, Steven Turner, Norberto Volij, Marla Raucher Osborn, and Andrew Zalewski (the link is a digital version of the full journal issue)
Jun2016: Marla Raucher Osborn, Update on Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, p. 36
on the News page of the Centre of Archaeology, Staffordshire University:
09Jan2018: Caroline Sturdy Colls, Rohatyn Survey Results Released, announcing the publication of their final report on 2017’s non-invasive archaeological survey, as linked and summarized on our website
on Nash Holos Ukrainian Roots Radio, an internationally syndicated radio show in BC Canada:
12Sep2018: Pawlina Demchuk MacQuarrie, Memoir by Holocaust Survivor Jack Glotzer (transcript and podcast), including mention of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage and local historian Mykhailo Vorobets, and featuring Jack’s wartime memoir from our website
18Jan2018: Pawlina Demchuk MacQuarrie, interview with Marla Raucher Osborn, part 1 (transcript and podcast)(see also the transcript in Ukrainian language on the website of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
18Jan2018: Pawlina Demchuk MacQuarrie, interview with Marla Raucher Osborn, part 2 (transcript and podcast)(see also the transcript in Ukrainian language on the website of Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
19May2014: Renata Hanynets, Ukrainian Jewish Heritage – Rohatyn
…and in a variety of other media around the world:
in the online Ukrainian version of Deutsche Welle: 22Nov2022: Maryna Baranovska, Mosaic of Jewish life in Ukraine – at an exhibition in Germany, about a photo exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Augsburg which features interviews and personal stories of Jews in Ukraine in the context of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia; Rohatyn Jewish Heritage is included in a photo and a video interview along with colleagues and friends from Lviv and elsewhere in Ukraine
in a special report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel: 27Jan2022: For a Righteous Cause: Positive Trends in Fighting Antisemitism and Radicalization, which discusses positive trends in the fight against antisemitism and radicalization, with a focus on overtures toward Jewry in Eastern Europe and the Arab World, along with legal and civic measures taken by governments, NGOs and more; Rohatyn Jewish Heritage is included as a promoter of non-Jewish people and institutions in Ukraine who care for Jewish heritage, and through a parallel project, A Guide to Jewish Heritage Preservation in Western Ukraine. See also a brief summary of the report in the news section of the TAU website, and a related article by Sveta Raskin in the TAU Review, TAU Releases Report on Positive Trends in the War on Antisemitism; this latter article features a photo by RJH of the community-led clearing and maintenance work at the Jewish cemetery in Kalush.
in the Ukrainian media group Suspilne‘s Karpaty news portal: 04Dec2021: Iryna Karazub, Як американське подружжя Осборн відновлює єврейські цвинтарі на Прикарпатті (in Ukrainian: “How the Osborns, an American couple, are restoring Jewish cemeteries in Prykarpattia”), about the Rohatyn Jewish cemeteries and why and how the RJH team and volunteers working in them (with images and two videos)
in the online regional news portal Versii.if.ua: 14Aug2021: Ihor Prokopchuk, У Рогатині майже два десятки фрагментів надгробків повернули на старе єврейське кладовище (in Ukrainian: “In Rohatyn, almost two dozen fragments of tombstones were returned to the old Jewish cemetery”), about the recovery of more Jewish headstone fragments on vul. Drahomanova in Rohatyn, originally posted on the RJH Facebook page and described in a 13Aug2021 news article on the RJH website
in a publication of ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative: 2020: Diána Vonnák and Olena Andronatiy: Jewish Cemeteries and Tourism Development – An ESJF Guide; an illustrated primer on the development of Jewish cemeteries in Europe as sites for tourism, and the use of tourism to promote heritage preservation; highlights projects and opportunities in five countries, including Ukraine, and features contributions from tour guides and heritage activists, including Marla Raucher Osborn of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage
in B’nai B’rith Magazine: Winter 2020: Linda Topping Streitfeld, Unfinished Business: Restoring Eastern Europe’s Desecrated Jewish Cemeteries; a feature story on Jewish cemetery and mass grave preservation efforts in Poland and Ukraine, including the 2017 and 2019 mass grave GPR survey projects in Rohatyn
in Jüdische Allgemeine: 03Sep2020: Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg, Die Würde zurückgeben – Ein Projekt in der Ukraine dient als Vorbild für eine Initiative Berliner Juden, Verlorenes sichtbar zu machen (in German: “Giving back dignity – A project in Ukraine serves as a model for an initiative from Berlin Jews to make lost things visible”); coverage of a cleaning event in Berlin at the memorial sculpture “Die Frauen von der Rosenstrasse” at the site of the lost Old Synagogue, with mention of the volunteers’ prior work on Jewish heritage projects with Rohatyn Jewish Heritage and the Lviv Volunteer Center
in the 5th International Trans.History Youth Competition: 13Mar2020: Yaryna Vasylyk, Jewish Heritage of My Region (Єврейська спадщина мого регіону), a YouTube video presentation of her research and participation in Jewish heritage volunteer work in the Ivano-Frankivsk oblast of western Ukraine. The video significantly features material from the website of Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, and an extended interview with Rabbi Moshe Leib Kolesnyk. In Ukrainian with English subtitles.
on the Facebook page of the US Embassy Kyiv Ukraine: 13Feb2020: a post about Rohatyn Jewish Heritage and the Lviv Volunteer Center regarding the recovery of Jewish headstones from a retaining wall in Lviv, and their return to the new Jewish cemetery in the city, which was described in a 05Feb2020 news article on the RJH website
on the Marseille-based French webradio station Radio JM: 13Dec2019: reportage by historian and linguist Emmanuel Attyasse for “Patrimoine et culture du Judaïsme” on recent Jewish cemetery vandalism in Alsace, and on the mostly anonymous people who work daily to protect Jewish cemeteries in Europe against hate and against natural decay, for the safeguarding of memory and in respect for the dead. Mentioned in the broadcast are photographer and blogger Christian Herrmann, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, and Irina Shikhova of Jewish Heritage Moldova
in the monthly journal Memoria of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum: Sep2018: Brush Clearing at Rohatyn’s Old Jewish Cemetery; on the summer 2018 volunteer week working with The Matzevah Foundation, Peace Corps Volunteers, and regional Ukrainian volunteers, as reported here
on France 2 Television, in the documentary series Envoyé Spécial: 04Jul2013: Renaud Laverne, Les Arpenteurs – Le tourisme de la mémoire
in the podcast Unbordered by Andrew Evans: 30Jun2019: Series 2, Episode 1, “Unfinished”; continuing Evans’ research into the personal history of his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor born in Lemberg (Lviv); includes an interview with Rohatyn Jewish Heritage CEO Marla Raucher Osborn beginning at the 12-minute mark, on RJH projects in western Ukraine. Also available on Apple Podcasts.
on Ukrainian news television: 24May2011: Interview with Alex Feller and Marla Raucher Osborn
on the web news page of KalushFM radio station: 22Oct2018: До Калуша приїхали 8 американців, швейцарка та німкеня, щоб прибрати єврейський цвинтар (in Ukrainian: “Eight Americans, a Swiss, and a German came to Kalush to clean the Jewish cemetery”); text and videos covering the joint project led by Peace Corps Volunteer Patty Deignan with other PCVs, the Lviv Volunteer Center, Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, the Kalush City office, and several dozen local citizens
in the Los Angeles Review of Books online magazine: 03Jan2018: Linda Kinstler, To Petrify Time: On Grigory Kanovich’s “Shtetl Love Song” and Sergey Kanovich’s Lost Shtetl Project
on the Virtual Shtetl portal: 28Jan2014: Lists of Matzevos from Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski and Rohatyn Now Available Online