Source: www.timesofisrael.com

European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative will make an aerial survey of Jewish burial grounds in Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovakia, Moldova and other countries, using drones, says the Jewish News. 

Moldova has joined a large-scale European project to keep the memory of Jewish cemeteries alive. The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative will make an aerial survey of Jewish burial grounds in Ukraine, Lithuania, Slovakia, Moldova and other countries  — using drones. The work will start in the countries where Jewish communities were almost completely destroyed during the Holocaust.

British-born Philip Carmel, executive director of EJCI, said: “We will not only search for Jewish burial sites, but also build fences around them, so people know there’s a Jewish cemetery there”.

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Cemetery maintenance will be funded by the EU. The layouts and the accurate geo-referenced data for the cemeteries will be collected using drones. The initiative will also recruit volunteers to help maintain the cemeteries.

In Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, a working plan to rebuild a Jewish cemetery has already been prepared. The cemetery opened in Chisinau in 1887. Today, 12 hectares of burial grounds have been preserved, with some of the graves dating back over a century. The cemetery is already deemed a national historical and cultural site.

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