NOTICE TO SURVIVORS AND DESCENDANTS
OSTRÓW MAZOWIECKA, POLAND
Ostrów Mazowiecka Cemetery Restoration and Memorial Project
In early 2010, the ownership of the two cemeteries in Ostrow Mazowiecka was restored to the Jewish community of Poland. The “new” cemetery, dating back to the late 1800s, is located on the outskirts of town. The location can be seen on this map on the Ostrow Mazowiecka Research Family website: http://www.ostrow-mazowiecka.com/images/Ostrow_City_Map_-_Pointing_to_New_Cemetery.jpg
Click here to read letter from Monika Krawczik, CEO of the Foundation for Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland.
There is much work to be done
Working together with the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, the Ostrów Mazowiecka Research Family (OMRF) hopes to restore the "new" cemetery and to hold the dedication ceremonies as close as possible to coincide with the spring 2013 scheduled opening of the new Museum for the History of Polish Jews. (More information at http://www.jewishmuseum.org.pl/index.php?lang=en).
The project entails the following activities:
- Inserting the surviving stones into a memorial wall or stand alone monument.
- Erecting a metal gate (similar to the photo below from Żuromin).
- Erecting a memorial plaque (similar to the photo below from Radom).
- Erecting a concrete fence to protect the property (similar to the photo below from Radom).
The project will be undertaken with consultation from the Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project (PJCRP, www.pjcrp.org), which has committed to restore all 1,200 devastated Jewish cemeteries in Poland in its efforts to commemorate the dead and those murdered in the Holocaust as well as to teach younger generations about reconciliation and preserving Jewish heritage.
You pay tribute to your ancestors by remembering them with the dignity they deserve
To accomplish our task, we need the help and generous support of all those who trace their roots to Ostrów Mazowiecka and nearby shtetls which buried their families in the cemetery.
Your donations will go to the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland and will be earmarked specifically for the Ostrów Mazowiecka project. U.S. and Canadian non-profit organizations will act as intermediaries and provide appropriate tax receipts.
This is your opportunity to remember those who died prior to the Holocaust and those murdered by the Nazis. This is also your opportunity to share your family’s history with your loved ones today.
We cannot erase the past, but by working together, we can reclaim our joint heritage in Ostrów Mazowiecka and show the Jewish community has survived and persevered.
The dedication of the cemetery restoration and monument project
All aspects of the construction and dedication will respect and be in accordance with Halacha law.
Participation of the Mayor, town officials, schools and citizens of Ostrów Mazowiecka
There has been ongoing dialogue with the mayor and town officials and it is anticipated that the town will play an important role in both the final plans, the dedication and the ongoing upkeep of the cemetery.
To add your name to the cemetery project mailing list, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.