I found this stone behind a yard overgrown with nettles and weeds.[…] I do not ask when and how it appeared here or who committed a barbarian act. I only want to protect it against further destruction. I look for a shelter for it […] I do not know what I am allowed to do and what I am not allowed. I do not even know if I may be a temporary guard of a tombstone. I do not know whom I should ask for advice and I do not know if I make it.
— “Kamien z Nowego Swiat,” by Polish poet, Ryszard Krynicki
In this section, we link to resources and reference material on Best Practices in cemetery preservation, as well to helpful material on How to Read a Jewish gravestone.
Please click on the links in the sidebar to access books, articles, web sites and tips on how to go about this important, and often delicate, work.
For general information about the history and meaning of Jewish gravestones we recommend the following:
A brief primer on the history of Jewish cemeteries and grave markers in eastern Europe, as well as on epitaphs and iconography.