Today in Kyiv, a copy of the official letter signed by the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaly Klitschko in his capacity as Chairman of the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the All-Ukrainian Association of Local Self-Government Bodies was handed over to ESJF Technical Officer Ihor Trahienko at Kyiv City Hall. The letter has been sent to mayors and local authorities across Ukraine asking them to assist the ESJF in providing materials leading to the protection of Jewish cemeteries under their jurisdiction.
Next week the ESJF begins a vast system of surveys and monitoring over an estimated 1,500-2,000 sites to create the first ever comprehensive and up-to-date repository and listing of Jewish cemeteries across Ukraine. The monitoring and surveys are backed up by a research team checking historical records of Ukraine’s Jewish communities, most of which were destroyed in the Shoah. We are very grateful for the support of Mayor Klitschko and the Association in what is a major contribution to the protection of Jewish heritage in Ukraine.