An Appeal to the German Government
to Restore the Jewish Cemeteries
September 15 2006
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
Sign this petition at http://www.PetitionOnline.com/1200des/ and
send this message to your family and friends.
Ilza cemetery emptied of gravestones
of monuments at former Gestapo headquarters
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