From: “Norman Weinberg”
Subject: Fw: Petition to the German Government to Restore the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2006 16:00:55 -0400

I apologize if you have already received this message. I attended the IAJGS meeting in NY and was a speaker in the Protection and Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries panel.

Please sign this important petition to the German government. Had they lived, the victims of the Holocaust and their unborn children would today be caring for their sacred ancestral cemeteries. By signing you are asking that the German government take responsibility and pay their fair share for restoration and perennial care of these sites, so that the dead can “rest in peace”.

The petition is found at Click on this website and then click on Sign the Petition. Fill in the simple form and send.

Please send this message on to your mailing list of members, family and

I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. L’Shana

Dr. Norman Weinberg
Executive Coordinator
Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project
Tel. 716-688-5272

An Appeal to the German Government to Restore the Jewish Cemeteries of Poland

The invasion of Poland by German forces in 1939 brought for the Jews
immediate and systematic dehumanization, plundering, forced ghettoization,
starvation, and the “final solution”, when 3 million Polish Jews were
murdered-half of the 6 million Jews who were annihilated in the Holocaust. During this time, the Germans desecrated Jewish cemeteries and robbed them of their gravestones, walls and gates in order to build roads, pavements, fortifications and other structures. Today, there are an estimated 1400 devastated and desecrated Jewish cemeteries in Poland. In addition, there are thousands of unmarked mass graves, located in cemeteries and nearby forests, where Jews were forced to dig their own graves and then brutally murdered; men,women and children. To date, only a handful of the cemeteries have been reconstructed, mostly paid for by survivors and descendants of the former shtetls.

Evidence of German destruction of the cemeteries can be found throughout
Poland. Every mass grave bears irrefutable proof. Written records and
photographic evidence also exist, for example, in Ilza where only fragments of gravestones may be seen. Hundreds lie under a roadway a few miles out of this shtetl. In Losice, the site of the notorious Gestapo headquarters contained a German bunker, and was walled and paved with an estimated 1500 monuments.

The cost for restoring all the cemeteries including funds for perennial
care and protecting and memorializing the mass graves, is estimated at upwards of $200 million US. Had they lived, Holocaust victims and their unborn children would today be caring for their sacred ancestral cemeteries, where parents, grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and revered rabbis were buried.

Please add your voice to this petition, on behalf of the millions
murdered, asking that the German Government take responsibility and pay their fair share, so that the dead can “rest in peace”.

Sign this petition at and send
this message to your family and friends.

Ilza cemetery emptied of gravestones Losice-wall of monuments at former Gestapo headquarters

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