The human remains were found near the village of Popricani, the site of a massacre of Jews carried out by Romanian troops allied with the Nazis.
Lithuania “has many places built out of Jewish headstones,” the chief rabbi admitted.
We should know that the righteous do not require a monument to be remembered — but they should have one nevertheless.
The Chief Rabbi of Poland called the exhumation “the worst desacralization of the Jewish cemetery” that he has ever seen.
Descendants gather to honor Eastern European Jews who came to homestead on the plains.
“We get $800 per month. With rent and everything, to save $10,000 is pretty hard,” said Romm’s daughter-in-law, Vera Romm. “The Jewish community paid for the funeral. But when we wanted to put in a gravestone, they told us that we’d have to pay back for the cost of the funeral, too, which made the gravestone very expensive.”
We often hear stories about how hard life was for Jews in Russia back in the day. Still, after they passed away, even poor Jews in the Russian Empire got to have gravestones. In America today, though, we can’t afford gravestones anymore — not for everyone. And, in fact, there are Jewish organizations that are preventing people from putting gravestones on their loved ones’ graves.
The graves of Holocaust victims at the Sobibor Nazi death camp in Poland have been dug up by treasure hunters.
The graves of the world’s great sages have served as spiritual magnets for centuries. Yet few know of the pilgrimages to holy Jews right here in America.
The chief rabbi of Lithuania appealed to authorities to prevent the excavation of a mass grave of Holocaust victims in the country’s north.