Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

1284Re: [belarus_trip_2005] Sharashova Cemetery Restoration Project

Expand Messages
  • Debra Bolgla
    Nov 12, 2007
      I can only add to the sentiments already expressed...

      What a wonderful project. Denny and I were both moved by this beautiful act of passion, love, and continuation. Thank you Celia and Frank for sharing this experience.

      Peaceful wishes to all.
      Deb

      ---- Original message ----
      >Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:20:36 +0200
      >From: Franklin James Swartz <fjs@...>
      >Subject: Re: [belarus_trip_2005] Sharashova Cemetery Restoration Project
      >To: belarus_trip_2005@yahoogroups.com
      >
      > 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,
      >
      > Frank
      >
      > 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
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >


      Debra Bolgla | Media Communication Specialist | Graphic Designer
      CREATIVE SERVICES | P U B L I C A F F A I R S
      University of Illinois
      807 South Wright Street | Suite 520 | Champaign IL 61820
      phone 217.333.5551 | email dbolgla@... | fax 217.333.3931
      www.creativeservices.uiuc.edu
    • Show all 3 messages in this topic