Romania: Oradea town hall to manage restoration of synagogue, conversion to Jewish museum

Oradea orthodox Hinech Neoral synagogue, screen grab from City Hall web site  The Heritage Property Department of Oradea, in western Romania near the border with Hungary, is set to take over the management of the disused Primariei (Teleki) Street (Hinech Neoral) orthodox synagogue, in a move that — it is hoped … Continue reading

New Have Your Say: Why Litvak Jewish Cemetery Catalogue put database behind a paywall

Jewish cemetery Pakruojis  Last week we posted about the Maceva Litvak Cemetery Catalogue putting its digital database of Jewish cemeteries behind a paywall for most users… in our new Have Your Say op-ed, “We Can’t Live on Air,” Maceva founder Sergey Kanovich … Continue reading

Uprooted Jewish gravestones, and their return to Jewish cemeteries

Photo of interactive map of Rohatyn, showing sites of recovered gravestones from destroyed Jewish cemeteries  In recent years, the recovery of headstones uprooted from Jewish cemeteries during and after World War II  has become a common motif in Jewish heritage preservation. In towns, cities, and villages, Jewish cemeteries were plundered and essentially used as … Continue reading

Lithuania: New look, new access policy for Maceva Litvak Cemetery Catalogue

At the Jewish cemetery in Svencionys, Lithuania  The Maceva Litvak Cemetery Catalogue, strapped for funding, has launched a newly designed web site which includes a new access policy for its digitized cemetery resources that essentially puts its database behind a paywall. Under the new policy, Maceva … Continue reading