Nearly 70 years after the holocaust Eastern Europe is still covered by neglected Jewish cemeteries, ruins of synagogues and other remains of Jewish institutions – stranded ships at the shores of time. The traces of Jewish life are still there, but they vanish day by day. It’s only a matter of time until they are gone forever. There are no municipalities, no foundations and no miracles to save them. Public interest is often low and sometimes overshadowed by guilt. The future of this unique cultural heritage is in our hands – and partly some of this private initiatives are very efficient. This blog tries to recall those places into public consciousness and wants to encourage people for the rescue of a heritage we all share.
As Swiss diplomat and historian Simon Geissbühler said, “commemoration is also an act of justice” towards those men, women and children who died as innocent victims in the genocide, known as the holocaust. It is an act of justice towards those who survived as well.
Most of the entries in this blog are based on my personal experiences. They have the character of a travel diary and are not a scientific documentary. Don’t expect me to post daily. Posts will appear as trips give reasons for it. There will be times of frequent posts and days of silence.