BENEFITING: NOWY DWOR JEWISH MEMORIAL
RESTORE THE JEWISH CEMETERY AT NOWY DWOR, POLAND, THAT WAS DESECRATED BY THE NAZIS AFTER THEY TOOK THE REMAINING JEWS TO THE DEATH CAMPS AT AUSCHWITZ IN 1942.
Sometimes we have hopes - and they remain hopes.
Sometimes we have dreams - and they never become reality.
Sometimes we have aspirations - and they never become achievements.
This will not be one of those times.
The Nowy Dwor Jewish Memorial project, founded by descendants of Jews from Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland, has worked for four years to protect and preserve the desecrated Jewish cemetery in Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki, Poland. See the complete story at www.nowydworjewishmemorial.org.
In 1942, the five-acre jewish cemetery was destroyed by the Nazis in order to build roads to support their tanks and trucks. They plucked the headstones (Matzevot) from their resting places and buried them under the dirt roads. In addition to the gaping holes left by the mining operation – they used the cemetery as a sand pit.
We have recovered more than 100 headstones, many in remarkably good condition, and returned them in the form of a wall and plaza at the cemetery entrance. Click here for the photo gallery on our web site, cataloging the entire project and ceremonies.
All of this takes money to be successful. We have raised just under $100,000 nearly all of which has been spent directly on the project to date. Just putting a fence around the property to secure it was $40,000.
Stage 1 (Completed 2010):
*Excavated over 100 headstones from under sidewalks and roads throughout Nowy Dwor.
*Built a fence around the property to secure it.
*Discovered records of the Nowy Dwor Jewish Community in the basement of City Hall; complete and untouched. We now have birth, death & marriage records going back more than 200 years and have begun organizing and posting them on our website for people to be able to search for their families.
Stage 2 (Completed 2011):
*Created a wall to display the recovered headstones, giving them a final resting place where mourners can visit and history can be preserved.
*Built a stairway to the cemetery to permit people to view the remains of what was once the resting place of one of Poland’s most vibrant communities.
*Engaged Schools of Nowy Dwor, whose children have never known a Jew, to teach tolerance. We held essay contests in 2011 and 2012 – the outcome was astounding. Click here to read more about them.
Stage 3 (this is where we need your help):
*Complete the memorial plaque with the family names of those who died in the Holocaust: $9,000.00
*Engrave and install granite tiles with the names of the individuals (by family) in the plaza surrounding the wall: $8,000.00
*Continue excavating hundreds more headstones from under the streets and sidewalks of Nowy Dwor (whose locations we know), and their placement at the cemetery: $40,000.00
*Create an endowment fund to maintain the grounds (about 5 acres): $20,000.00
Continue promotion of the tolerance program in the Nowy Dwor schools: $20,000.00
Going Forward & Continued Efforts:
On June 18, 2014, we will dedicate a new monument with the family names of those who were murdered in the death camps, were never buried, and whose existence has not been honored as would have been the case had they died under normal circumstances.
The restoration committee and its families volunteer their time and efforts to continue to discover and add birth, death and marriage certificates to our web site and keep the web site and Facebook page current.
We hope to bring children from the US to Nowy Dwor for a conference on tolerance as the Town of Gedera, Israel did in 2013, and is doing again this Fall.
This is an opportunity to help restore the dignity of and create a place to honor the memory of those who were torn from their community, whose lives were destroyed in the Holocaust and for whom there are no graves. We have an opportunity here to enlighten our children and the generations to come to make sure that the term “Never Again” becomes a reality.
Please help us by donating and by encouraging others whom you think might care to know about the Nowy Dwor Jewish Memorial Project. This is a selfless mitzvah, the highest form of respect in the tradition of the Jewish burial where one shovels a bit of dirt over the casket. The person for whom you are doing this can never repay you. Your reward is in the act itself.
To donate just click the button on this screen.
Thank you, on behalf of the Restoration Committee, www.nowydworjewishmemorial.org
David Wluka Ze’ev Shaked