An international group of supporters is working on the restoration of the Jewish cemetery in Trzcianne (Trestina).
The Jewish cemetery in Trzcianne (pronounced “Tshan-neh” in Polish, "Trestina" in Yiddish) has no identifying signage, and is completely overgrown with trees and shrubs. It is situated in the middle of farmlands, and its rustic headstones, often found in rural areas, are made of fieldstone rather than marble or granite.
A dozen or so headstones are currently visible. An unknown number of headstones remain hidden under a thick layer of matted and decomposed vegetation that has accumulated since the German army occupied and largely destroyed Trzcianne in 1941.
Several organizations and individuals have expressed their support for the restoration project, including:
The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODŻ)
The chief rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich
The mayor of Trzcianne and other town officials
Tomasz Wisniewski, a Polish filmmaker, author, and expert on Jewish cemeteries in Poland, who has helped restore several other cemeteries, including the ones in the nearby town of Knyszyn and the city of Bialystok
FODŻ is handling administrative matters such as obtaining legal permits, at no cost, but funds are needed for the restoration work itself.
Our initial fundraising goal is $125,000, which will cover:
Determining the precise boundaries of the cemetery
Creating a memorial and signage. (The memorial plaque, shown below, was created and placed in 2018!)
Fencing the perimeter
Clearing the vegetation
Cleaning the headstones, transcribing the inscriptions and creating an index
Holding a rededication ceremony involving descendants, town officials, the local Catholic church and schools
Your donation will help preserve this otherwise neglected cemetery and honor the memory of those who are buried there. Please click on the "Donate" button below to make your donation by credit card or Pay Pal. To learn more about how donations are handled or to send a check by regular mail, please obtain information by clickinghere.