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1282Re: [belarus_trip_2005] Sharashova Cemetery Restoration Project

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  • Franklin James Swartz
    Nov 12, 2007
      Dear All,

      Just so you know, Cecelia's and Robert's accomplishment was greater than
      they describe, the fence is 1,500 metres, not 500. Not only did Cecelia
      and Robert labour along with all the workers, they also assiduously and
      sensitively developed good relations with entire Sharshova community
      from the mayor, to the school children, to the agricultural workers who
      assisted on the site. It was an extension and application of Jewish
      values which turned Sharshova's Jewish past into a living legacy.

      Well done Cecelia and Robert!

      Best regards to all from Galina and me,


      Bill Glosser wrote:
      > thank you for the vital and fulfilling information-i have been in touch with the same folks and next year will do the cemetary in antopol in belarus. wonderful!-bill glosser
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: cdenov@...
      > To: belarus_trip_2005@yahoogroups.com ; ian@...
      > Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 4:15 PM
      > Subject: {Disarmed} [belarus_trip_2005] Sharashova Cemetery Restoration Project
      > Hi everyone:
      > I hope that this message finds all of you well and busy with your lives and families.
      > Some of you may recall that my husband and I returned to Belarus last September (2007) to restore the cemetery in Sharashova. My cousin, Leah Watson, was not with us as she and Jim were expecting their first grandchild.
      > We were assisted totally by Franklin (and Galina) Swartz who put us in touch with Dr Michael Lozman of Albany, New York. Michael has made it his mission to restore Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe; this was his seventh cemetery. Together, Frank and Michael provided all the required logistical support. We provided the funds.
      > A five hundred meter metal fence was installed around the cemetery perimeter, a gate was erected, an inscribed monument was installed, a number of headstones were uprighted, and a brief ceremony was held with the villagers. (I am attaching a brief description of our work in Sherashova, which we composed for the JewishGen website. It explains much of the project).
      > I would have to say that this endeavour was one of the most fulfilling and moving things I have done in my life.
      > The reaction of the villagers was most positive and touching, as you will see. The villagers worked with us and the students in the school were involved in many ways.
      > We will send a number of photos separately. If you have trouble viewing the attachments, or if you have any questions relating to the project or its cost, please let me know.
      > If any of you would like to do something similar, Dr Lozman, (Restoration of Eastern European Jewish Cemeteries, mlozman@...) is always looking for new opportunities to do this work. There are so many abandoned cemeteries in Belarus, and there is an openness by the government to protect them.
      > Please take care of yourselves. I look forward to hearing from you.
      > Celia
      > Celia Denov
      > cdenov@...
      > (416) 921 9046
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