On June 17th we signed a historic agreement with the Brest Municipality in the south of Belarus enabling us to move forward with the project to memorialise the lost Brest-Litovsk Jewish cemetery. We are very excited to report that work has already begun. The project will evolve in phases; photographing and cataloguing the headstones for the creation of a digital database, and recording the size and weight of each piece. The second phase will be the design of a memorial and the third will be the installation. Many specialists and consultants will play key roles as the project progresses and people in the Brest community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, are being encouraged to participate. We are also looking to make connections to people in the Diaspora who have a connection to Brest, to hear their stories and to be able to keep them updated as this significant heritage project progresses.
To read about the first phase of the work, now underway, click here.
We absolutely love collaboration. It is our mantra that ‘together is better’ so this month we have a wonderful story to tell that links a sponsored event coming up in London in August 2021, a group of college students in Minsk, a team of non-Jewish runners in Belarus, a lost Jewish cemetery and a Minsk Ghetto survivor. What’s more this story brings an opportunity for you to become a part of the story too.
The Maccabi Fun Run event will be taking place in London on August 29th, which is wonderful news as it had to be cancelled last year because of Covid and many charities suffered as a result. We are delighted that we will have some runners striding out for us on the day, but there is still time to sign up to participate and support. We are also delighted that something exciting is happening in Belarus – community engagement and people showing a newfound willingness to also be a part of the event in support of our work in the country.
Click here to read more about the exciting project that the runners in Belarus want to support and how you can help them reach their goal.
This month the Making History Together Holocaust Education programme in its inaugural year drew to a close. It has been an extraordinary year for this unique new approach to Holocaust education. Made possible by the support of Jewish Child’s Day Charity and the Jewish Chronicle, it is a real testament to what can be achieved in partnership.
The course, which ran online to the English speaking participants with a parallel in-person programme in Minsk, explores the Holocaust in the east – what happened to the Jews of the Soviet Union and where in the timeline this history sits in relation to Hitler’s invasion of western Europe. For all of the participants both in the UK and in Belarus, it was new and hidden history as it was for many of the parents in the UK.
Click here to read the full story and find out what was revealed to the UK participants in their final hidden history envelopes. Hear about what’s next in the Making History Together Programme, and look out for the editorial article in next week’s Jewish Chronicle newspaper.