Within the framework of the ESJF’s European Commission-funded pilot project Protecting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe: Continuation of the Mapping Process, Stakeholders’ Involvement and Awareness Raising, ESJF is embarking on a new project to map and survey 1,700 Jewish cemetery sites across 7 countries in Central and Eastern Europe: Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
The project, running from June 2020 until June 2021, builds upon the work of the previous grant, which saw the ESJF carrying out ground and drone surveys of 1,424 Jewish cemetery sites, for archive in our comprehensive, open-access database of European Jewish cemeteries.
As with the previous project, the mapping process is carried out through the employment of state-of-the-art UAV technology specially tailored to the project, which is used to survey and photograph the sites from multiple angles. These efforts will be supplemented by in-depth historical overviews of the sites, written with the aid of historical maps and centuries-old records across many countries and languages. Signs are placed at each surveyed site to mark the completion of our work.
ESJF believes that ensuring these sites are properly mapped and accounted for is the first step towards their long-term preservation.