Here’s a helpful new resource for descendants seeking to restore the Jewish cemetery in their ancestors’ town or village in Poland.
Research ecologist Bill Brostoff has compiled a downloadable 16-page guide to this process.
Dr. Brostoff has based much of his recommendations on his own experiences leading a project to restore the Jewish cemetery in the village of Trzcianne, near Białystok. He also employed advice and experiences from others who have been involved in this process over the years.
He writes, in his Preface to the Guide:
Having stumbled through the process and learned by trial and error, I feel compelled to share my experiences for others embarking on the journey. My hope is that not only will compiling advice aid individual restoration projects but also promote the goal of restoring the larger assemblage of cemeteries.
In the “How To” section of our JHE Jewish Cemeteries Portal, we publish Dr. Brostoff’s Preface and provide a link so that you can download the entire 16-page PDF of the Guide.