Ukraine road trip: In Brody, New Signage at Fortress Synagogue ruin & New Recognition of Jewish History

  (JHE Coordinator Ruth Ellen Gruber recently visited Jewish heritage sites in more than 10 towns near Lviv in western Ukraine to observe conditions and note changes).  – – – – Built in the 1740s and heavily damaged in World … Continue reading

Latvia: new Holocaust memorial sites database & interactive map

latvia-mapA recently launched online database and interactive map locates Holocaust memorial sites in Latvia. The database, Holocaust Memorial Places in Latvia,  was elaborated “within the framework of a project of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia, … Continue reading

Greece: See photos of destruction of Thessaloniki Jewish cemetery

Old postcard of the Jewish cemetery in Salonika, before destruction  We posted recently about the rediscovery of fragments of Jewish gravestones in Thessaloniki, Greece — historic Salonika — whose vast Jewish cemetery was destroyed before, during, and after World War II, and whose headstones were used for construction. Fifty thousand … Continue reading

Summertime: cemetery clean-up notes (lots going on)

Student volunteers clean cemetery in Visegrad, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Photo: courtesy Jasna Ciric   Jewish cemeteries rarely make the news except if there is an act of vandalism. But for every act of vandalism that gets reported, there are many more cases of Jewish cemeteries being cleaned up — by volunteer or other … Continue reading