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New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU

The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF) has inaugurated a new web site dedicated to its ongoing, EU co-funded survey and mapping project of 1,500 Jewish cemeteries in five countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The site includes an open … continue reading →

Hungary: the uphill battle to clean and maintain Budapest’s vast Kozma street Jewish cemetery. Part 2

Last week we posted about efforts to clear, clean up and maintain the vast, and largely overgrown, Kozma utca Jewish cemetery in Budapest. We focused on the work of the privately funded non-profit, Friends of the Budapest Jewish Cemetery, which … continue reading →

UK: Stories from the historic Willesden Jewish cemetery, London — emphasizing it as a “House of Life”

A Jewish cemetery is often referred to as a “House of Life.” Each gravestone or other funerary monument commemorates the life of an individual or family; or in some cases marks a mass grave. These stones tell stories: through epitaphs, … continue reading →

Hungary: the uphill battle to clean and maintain Budapest’s vast Kozma street Jewish cemetery. Part 1

Established in the early 1890s, the vast Jewish cemetery on Kozma utca (st.) in an outlying district of Budapest is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, encompassing  70 hectares; more than 300,000 people are buried there, in around 175,000 grave … continue reading →