Lo Tishkach Database Lists Mass Graves in Ukraine
6 February 2009
The Lo Tishkach Database of European Jewish Burial Grounds now contains details on more than 800 World War II-era Jewish mass graves in Ukraine. Established with data provided by the Association of Jewish Organisations and Communities of Ukraine (VAAD), this is thought to be the most complete record of Ukrainian Jewish mass graves available in the English language.
Work is currently underway to add all of Ukraine’s Jewish cemeteries to the Database, aided by members of the Jewish Student Center, Kiev. Details on more than 700 of these sites have been secured from the Office of the Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich.
The existing data on Ukraine’s Jewish cemeteries and mass graves was collected during surveys carried out in the 1990s by the Jewish Heritage Preservation Committee in Ukraine with the support of the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, in addition to subsequent further work by the Ukrainian Jewish community.
This information will be used to inform a practical activity and learning programme led by local partners throughout Ukraine and supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group. The project will see groups of young people trained by Lo Tishkach visiting hundreds of Jewish burial sites across Ukraine. These groups will gather vital information on Jewish life, history and culture, photograph and survey each cemetery and undertake practical work to help preserve and protect these important sites.
Established in 2006, the Lo Tishkach Database now contains details on over 9,000 Jewish burial grounds in 29 countries. The Lo Tishkach Foundation estimates that there are around 20,000 such sites on the European continent.
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