2016 Project Update
The new year finds us busy planning our projects in Poland for the summer of 2016. We are excited about the opportunities to work in new cities as well as to return to some sites that we have enjoyed working in over the last few years.
Here is an update on what we have in the works for this summer:
Krzepice, June 3-12: Krzepice is located in southcentral Poland to the west of Częstochowa. The Jewish cemetery dates back to the first half of the 18thcentury and is unique in that it contains approx. 400 cast iron matzevot (tombstones). TMF is partnering in this project with the director and teachers of Krzepice high school to complete clearing and cleaning of the cemetery.
Nasielsk, July 1-10: Nasielsk is located north of Warsaw. The Jewish cemetery was established in the second half of the 19th century, but the matzevot were destroyed during World War II. TMF is working with Glenn Kurtz and Michael Valihora, Jewish descendants of Nasielsk. Plans call for the clearing and cleaning of the cemetery, discovering if there are hidden or buried matzevot, and documenting inscriptions (still in planning stage). This project is in partnership with TMF’s official partner, the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ).
Markuszów, July 15-24: Markuszów is a village of about 1500 people located northwest of Lublin, Poland and approx. 75 miles south of Warsaw. During World War II many of the matzevot from the cemetery were used by the Nazi to pave roads. This is a partnership project with Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee. TMF will be working with Dan Oren who is a descendant of Markuszów. Volunteers will clear and clean overgrown cemetery, discover hidden or buried matzevot (still in planning stage). This project is in partnership with TMF’s official partner FODZ.
Oświęcim, August 12-19: Oświęcim is located southwest of Krakow, Oświęcim is the town where the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp was located during the war. The Jewish cemetery dates back to the mid-18thcentury and was heavily damaged during the war. TMF will be partnering in this project with Dr. Caroline Sturdy-Colls, Fundacja Zapomniane, Auschwitz Jewish Center, and Action Reconciliation. Volunteers will continue to clean cemetery and place matzevot in remaining bases (continued from 2015). This is a multi-disciplined project comprised of two (2) components: regional survey of Jewish cemeteries and mass killing sites in Oświęcim area and the Oświęcim Jewish cemetery.
For further information about any of the above projects or to access volunteer information, please visit the TMF Web site at http://www.matzevah.org/. Project information will continue to be updated as information is confirmed.