Frank Swartz, Minsk, has provided a preliminary list of cemeteries in the Belarus. It is not very comprehensive, it only includes burial sites that he and his group have verified. The list will be updated and presumably complete with more information later this year.
So if you don't see your shtetl listed, don't give up. For those of you who have visited Belarus and know of other existing Jewish cemeteries (other then the ones listed below) or have more information to share about the condition of cemeteries listed below, please post a message to the discussion group.
Our SIG Coordinator and moderator of the discussion group, David M. Fox, posted a request in the discussion group asking all, who have visited Belarus and know of other existing Jewish cemeteries (others than the ones listed below) or have more information to share about the condition of cemeteries listed below, to send a message to the discussion group.
Gayle Riley promptly sent us photos of the cemetery and town in Timikovichi, in the Slutsk area. Timikovichi is not on Frank Swartz' list below, so here are the photos:
Please send any photos or information about cemeteries - both those on the list and others - to Elsebeth Paikin, so that they can be included in the complete list.
If you haven't been able to find records for your family, your shtetl cemetery may be another way to help you gather family information from the stones. Unfortunately, there is not any detailed information as to the the number of stones still standing or their condition at the cemeteries on the below list.
One of the objectives of the JewishGen ShtetlSchlepper trips to Belarus is gather information and photograph all the stones, so that a database can be created from them. Part (or most) of your ShtetlSchlepper trip expenses may be tax deductible (US taxpayers) if you contribute the information you gather on the trip to JewishGen/Belarus SIG.
If you are considering a ShtetlSchlepper trip to Belarus in August or September, you must act soon to ensure adequate preparations: Passport, visa, shots, pre-trip research, etc.
For further information you can contact the ShteltSchlepper travel coordinator, Joanna Fletcher as soon as possible.
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Brest Region (To Contents)
Vitebsk Region (To Contents)
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