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The cemetery has deteriorated over many years, as the Jewish community was unable to raise the $200,000 needed to refurbish the entire ground.
Throughout the centuries, the Jewish cemetery had been completely forgotten, until some of its remains were uncovered during construction works in 2012.
“I was going to Israel, which I don’t do every day and I always associate with joy and excitement, and here I was going to bury a loved one, so that was a very surreal experience.”
Some tombstones were used for roadwork during the Communist era, and some simply gave way to climatic conditions.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
The ESJF has been working on Jewish cemetery restoration for quite some time now.
By TAMAR BEERI
Fencing at Buchach represents the 107th such completed project by the ESJF, which expects to complete at least a dozen more sites by the end of 2018.
By JEREMY SHARON
Jewish character shocked to discover a swastika drawn on his mother's grave.
By AMY SPIRO
This is an usually ruling, because according to Jewish Orthodox tradition, non-Jews cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
By YVETTE J. DEANE
“Obviously they were taken to help the German war effort."
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
Yaakov Haguel, acting director of the World Zionist Organization, said he holds the Polish government responsible for the construction in Klimontow, which he called “a kick delivered to Polish Jewry.
European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, ESJF, has restored more than 100 graveyards in central and eastern Europe since its creation in 2015.
By LINDA GRADSTEIN
“I was extremely impressed how they are embracing the tragedies of the past,” Paul Packer, Chairman of the United States Commission For the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad said.
"To say ‘thank you’ is not enough,” said Dorota Wiewiora, chairman of the Bielsko-Biala Jewish community.
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