Rohatyn Jewish Heritage’s first project for 2019 will be three days of cutting and clearing at the old Jewish cemetery of Rohatyn. Joining in will be personnel from Dr. Caroline Colls Archaeology team from Staffordshire University (Great Britain), as well as Andrés Rodriguez, Peace Corps Ukraine in Rohatyn, and students from Рогатинська СЗОШ 1 participating in Rohatyn’s Youth CSO Lider program, building tomorrow’s civil society leaders in Ukraine.
Rohatyn Jewish Heritage will provide tools, gloves, protective gear, trash bags, water, snacks, etc.
In addition to working with RJH at the old cemetery, the UK Colls team will also be surveying and taking supplemental forensic information at the wartime “vodokanal” Jewish mass grave on Tuesday May 14th.
A second memorial wall made of rescued matzevot has been constructed next to the 2011 original memorial wall and will be inaugurated. These are matzevot that were buried under local streets and have been recovered in recent months, thanks to the the initiative and efforts of Grzegorz Grzybowski and with the support of Mayor Kowalski and local military authorities.
Gregorz Grzybowski is the contractor who designed and built the wall and plaza at the cemetery that was dedicated in 2011.
It is known that there are still partial and full headstones scattered around the city that had been used for walls, walkways, etc. The Mayor’s office has undertaken a program to encourage people who have these to turn them in to the city and receive replacement blocks or decorative pavers in return.
The dedication of the new monument takes place withing an annual reunion of descendants from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, taking place June 4-6.