Bialystok Region Jewish Genealogy Group
LISOWSKA LEADS CLEAN-UP
WSCHODNIA STREET CEMETERY
Let's put order to history
Results were evident after a few minutes.
Empty bottles, cans, papers; all this could be seen at the Jewish cemetery in
Yesterday ten young people from Germany, the
Ukraine, Canada, the Czech Republic and Poland were busy putting together an
area from the 19th century near Wschodnia Street. They were invited by the
Poland-Israel citizen Education Center. They are members of a youth
international meeting taking place in Treblinka, which has been in existence
in the past three years supported by Poland, Czech Republic, in the Ukraine
they are led by the German organization ASF -- i.e. Action for Repentance
and Service for Peace. The young people sweep up memorial sites and
participate in historical workshops.
Jews had been a part of German society, as well
as created our own history. However, not much is mentioned about it in our
schools. We are here determined to learn more and deeper acquaint ourselves
with our own history -- so says Anja Fritz from Dresden about her motives
for this visit. Compared to Jewish cemeteries in Krakow or Prague, the
Bialystok necropolis is rather pitiful. The reason, I know, that here there is
no Jewish committee capable of taking on this task.
Hopefully soon the cemetery will look better. An
America project intends to renovate 30 Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Bialystok
Cemetery is on this list.
First of all they must build a wall, clean up
and refurbish the matsevot -- so says Lucja Lisowska, head of the
aforementioned Poland-Israel Educational Center. It would be great if we had
the help of these splendid young people. They have both the passion and the
experience. We should explore the possibility of arranging an international
gathering in Bialystok.
From Gazeta Wyborcza
Translated from Polish by Rachel Rubinow
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