Poland: “Preserving Memory” award marks 20th edition; American Steven Reece & 7 non-Jewish Poles to be honored

A moment of the award ceremony in 2014, held at the Galicia Jewish Museum. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The “Preserving Memory” Award, founded in 1998 to honor non-Jewish Poles who preserve, promote, and care for Jewish heritage, marks its 20th edition this year. The awards were established by the American lawyer Michael Traison, who spends part of … Continue reading

Rothschild Foundation Grant Applications Open

Objects displayed in the Florence Jewish Museum. Photo © Ruth Ellen Gruber  The Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe aims to ensure that Jewish culture and heritage are actively supported, valued and looked after for generations to come.  Its grants assist universities, museums, libraries, archives and Jewish organizations that understand and appreciate that Jewish culture and heritage have a dynamic role … Continue reading

CZ: cemetery restoration triggers backlash

Monument in the New Jewish cemetery in Prostejov, Czech Republic.  Photo: Pernak1 (Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)Efforts to commemorate a destroyed Jewish cemetery and rescue its scattered headstones in the Czech town of Prostejov have met with protests that appear to be tinged with anti-Semitism — a rarity in the Czech Republic. The cemetery is question … Continue reading

Ukraine: Holocaust mass graves survey at Rohatyn completed

Jewish cemetery in Rohatyn Photo: Rohatyn Jewish Heritage group/Marla Raucher Osborn  A 10-day survey using non-invasive, ground-penetrating technology to locate Holocaust mass graves and killing sites in Rohatyn, Ukraine has just concluded. The survey was carried out by a team led by Dr. Caroline Sturdy-Colls from the Centre for Archaeology … Continue reading