Highlight News
New Members Sworn-in During Meeting
Commission Chair Lesley Weiss (right) ceremonially administered the oath of office to new and reappointed Members at the Commission’s February 1, 2017 meeting. From right are new Members Marjorie Margolies, a former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Lesley Israel and reappointed Members Joan Silber, Eric Schwerin, Herbert Block, and Gary Zola. Click Here to View Additional Photographs 

Holocaust Memorial in Wolska Dabrow, Poland Dedicated

A memorial to 180 people murdered because they were Jewish by Nazi Germans during the Holocaust in Wolska Dabrowa, Poland was dedicated November 24th. The memorial was funded by the Commission with monies generated by Member Harley Lippman and erected for the Commission under the supervision of Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich. The crowd at the dedication included 160 students from Israel as well as Polish students and local authorities and residents. The memorial is shown below along with pictures from the dedication ceremony. Click Here to View Additional Photographs


Kaplonosy, Poland Holocaust Memorial Dedicated

A memorial to 70 people who were murdered because they were Jewish by Nazi Germans in Kaplonosy, Poland was dedicated November 3rd, 2017. The memorial was funded by the Commission with monies generated by Member Harley Lippman and erected for the Commission under the supervision of the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich. Below are pictures of the memorial and the dedication ceremony. Click Here to View Additional Photographs  


U.S. - Belarus Agree on Cultural Preservation


The governments of the United States and Belarus entered into an agreement on the preservation of cultural properties September 21, 2016 in New York City. The agreement commits the two governments to protect and preserve cemeteries, memorials, historic sites, places of worship, and related archives with a focus on groups that were victims of genocide during World War II. 


Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Chair Lesley Weiss signed the Agreement.


Below, is a photograph of the agreement being signed by Makei (left) and Weiss as the Charge d'Affaires of the Belarus Embassy in Washington, DC, Pavel Shidlovsky, and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bridget Brink stand behind them. Click Here to View Additional Photographs and Additional Materials



Jewish Cemetery in Roshkoshne, Ukraine Preserved
On August 11, 2016, the Jewish cemetery in the village of Roskoshne in Stavische, Ukraine was rededicated after a Commission project erected a wall around it and cleaned up the burial ground. The project was funded due to the efforts of Commission Member Richard Weisberg. In the photograph immediately below, the village mayor reads the plaque on the wall as Weisberg stands to his right. Click Here to View Additional Photographs  


 

 

 

Bucharest Pogram of 1941 Memorial Dedicated

Commission Member Herbert Block spoke on July 20, 2016 at the dedication of a memorial to the victims of a horrific rampage against Jewish residents of Bucharest, Romania January 21-23, 1941. The murder, torture, and other attacks against Jewish citizens already victims of persecution was perpetrated by Romania’s then Iron Guard during the Legionnaires Rebellion. The Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania (FEDROM) erected the memorial with funds generated by Commission Member Martin Gold and with the assistance of Bucharest’s Third District. Pictured immediately below from left to right are FEDROM President and Romanian Parliament Member Aurel Vainer, Commission Member Block, and Third District Mayor Robert Negoita. Click Here to View Additional Photographs 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Speaks at Latvia Holocaust Ceremony

 

 

Commission Member Eric Schwerin spoke on July 4, 2016 in Riga, Latvia, at the dedication of a restored memorial to Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The memorial is located on the site of a synagogue destroyed 75 years before. During the Nazi occupation of Latvia, hundreds of synagogues were burned, and 70,000 Latvian Jews and other European Jews in the country were killed. Schwerin spoke along with Latvia’s president, parliament speaker, and the Israeli ambassador. The memorial was restored by the Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, with funding from the Commission raised by Schwerin.  Click Here to View More Photographs


 

More Highlight News

Commission Chairwoman Lesley Weiss spoke at the dedication of a Holocaust memorial in Beregszasz/Berehovo, Ukraine on June 21, 2016 in honor of the memory of thousands of Jews murdered during the Holocaust from the town and from the Transcarpathian region. In the Spring of 1944, over 100,000 Jews were confined to ghettos and then deported to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. It is estimated that no more than 20 percent of the Transcarpathian Jews survived. The Shalom Foundation of Beregszasz-Berehovo erected a memorial wall with funds from the Hungarian government, individual donations, and monies raised by Chairwoman Weiss.  Same 4,000 names are inscribed on the memorial wall.  For more information on the dedication click here.

For more information on the dedication, including pictures, articles, and videos click here.

An international team of askanim has met with temporary success in delaying imminent construction on top of a historic beis hachaim in the Ukrainian town of Lviv (Lemberg). Now, efforts are underway to produce clear evidence of the site’s true boundaries to put a permanent stop to any further desecration of the many graves there.  Read More

Through the efforts of a team of askanim and U.S. officials, a construction plan that threatened a historic bees hachaim in Lviv, Ukraine, has been put on hold and possibly prevented altogether. Following a concerted effort, the town's mayor pledged to prevent building on any land deemed to be a cemetery.   Construction Plans Staved Off in Lviv Beis Hachaim (Hamodia article)

Maintenance work continues at the Batovo, Ukraine Jewish cemetery, which was initially restored in 2014. Chairwoman Lesley Weiss helped generate funds for its restoration and continued maintenance.

A strong sense of community permeated the Kennedy Caucus Room of the US Senate (May 18, 2015), as an array of prominent officials representing a cross section of House and Senate leadership joined with civic, religious, and communal leaders as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.Read More

In September 2015, the Bialobrzegi cemetery in Poland was restored and a wall was erected around its perimeter with funds donated by Morris Goldfarb of NY, whose father was born in the town. The work was done by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland in cooperation with the Commission.
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