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By Dr. Michael Lozman
Since 2001 Dr. Michael Lozman has worked to preserve more than a dozen abandoned Jewish cemeteries in Belarus and Lithuania. In this personal essay, he reflects on how he became interested, how he enlists and organizes U.S. college students and other volunteers, and how he arranges cooperation on the ground with local authorities, schools, and townspeople.
“We all have a responsibility to those Jews murdered during the Nazi era to preserve and protect their family cemeteries,” he told JHE. “Those few cemeteries fortunate to be left intact are decaying because there are no Jews left to care for them. For the sake of those Jews killed, we owe it to them to restore their family cemeteries; to preserve their family names and resting place.”
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