Resources: Old Jewish Cemetery Rehabilitation Project

A variety of resources have been used in the development of the rehabilitation project for the old Jewish cemetery in Rohatyn. Many print and electronic references are gathered on the webpages of the Guide to Jewish Cemetery Preservation in Western Ukraine; a selection of the specific references used for this Rohatyn project are listed and linked below. Examples and suggestions from other projects are found among the case studies and guidelines on the same website; several of these examples relevant to the Rohatyn project are also illustrated below.

Project Concepts

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Site Surveys and Research

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Photos from site survey work by ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, Jewish Galicia and Bukovina, and the Foundation for the Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries in Poland, and the cover of the book on The Jewish Cemetery in Halych:

Site Clearing, Cleaning, and Reconditioning

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Photos from vegetation clearing and cleaning projects in Poland organized by The Matzevah Foundation, and in Ukraine organized by the Lviv Volunteer Center:

Memorial Design, Development, and Care

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Photos from cemetery and mass grave sites in Kyiv (two Jewish memorials and a Roma memorial), cemeteries in Ostroh and Obertyn (both also in Ukraine), a cemetery in Rhodes and a Holocaust memorial in Athens (both in Greece):

Landscape Planning, Development, and Care

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Landscaping designs with hard and soft materials in the Jewish cemeteries of Ostroh and Pidhaitsi (both in Ukraine):

Stone Conservation, Documentation, and Care

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A general view of headstone rehabilitation work in Poland by Stowarzyszenie Magurycz, plus views of stone cleaning, foundation renewal, lifting and resetting, repairing, pinning, and reassembly with epoxy:

Directional and Information Signage

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A wide variety of directional, identification, and information signs and plaques from Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Greece:

Fences, Walls, and Gates

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Several examples of fences erected by ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative around Jewish cemeteries in Busk, Bila Tserkva, and Zbarazh (all in western Ukraine):

Sustainability Planning

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A few of the challenges in maintaining Jewish cemeteries, in Sasovo, Shchyrets, Skelivka, Vyshnivets, and Berehove (all in Ukraine):

Project Support and Funding

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Generous support for the Rohatyn old Jewish cemetery in the form of hardworking volunteers from the Peace Corps in Ukraine, The Matzevah Foundation, Holocaust researchers, Rohatyn students, and Ukrainian and other civil society activists:

Communication and Public History

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Examples and opportunities for promoting Jewish cemeteries include the cemetery portal of Jewish Heritage Europe, the AEPJ European Routes of Jewish Heritage (here showing features of the route through the Czech Republic), the Lost Shtetl project documenting Jewish Šeduva in Lithuania, and a progress report on restoration work at the Bagnówka Jewish cemetery in Białystok, Poland, on the Jewish Epitaphs website: