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Rohatyn 2012

See the location map for sources of headstones in Rohatyn. And see these photos of headstones recovered in 2012 for more complete documentation of the stones.
on the road from Lviv with Alex Denysenko for our first visit to Ukraine and Rohatyn in 2012
on the road from Lviv with Alex Denysenko for our first visit to Ukraine and Rohatyn in 2012
it's Spring and crops are growing fast
it's Spring and crops are growing fast
we reach Rohatyn as evening falls and make a quick stop at the new cemetery; Alex and Marla survey the area
we reach Rohatyn as evening falls and make a quick stop at the new cemetery; Alex and Marla survey the area
many more stones have been moved here recently...
many more stones have been moved here recently...
...some very ornate
...some very ornate
we'll be back tomorrow to document these
we'll be back tomorrow to document these
the next day, we meet with Abram Lyons and Mr. Vorobets to review the headstone work
the next day, we meet with Abram Lyons and Mr. Vorobets to review the headstone work
this garden on Ivan Franko street yielded many large stones
this garden on Ivan Franko street yielded many large stones
here is the scene when the stones were removed, as captured by Abe Lyons
here is the scene when the stones were removed, as captured by Abe Lyons
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now we're behind that garden in a courtyard where many more stones were found...
now we're behind that garden in a courtyard where many more stones were found...
...at the base of this wall
...at the base of this wall
here's that scene, as captured by Mr. Vorobets
here's that scene, as captured by Mr. Vorobets
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143573875.acbiNDK6.jpg stones are being loaded into a wagon...
stones are being loaded into a wagon...
...and delivered to the new cemetery
...and delivered to the new cemetery
now the discussion is about where other stones may still be found in this courtyard
now the discussion is about where other stones may still be found in this courtyard
this retaining wall has yielded stones before...
this retaining wall has yielded stones before...
...and may yet again
...and may yet again
now we visit the Ukrainian church, which bordered the Jewish Ghetto during WWII
now we visit the Ukrainian church, which bordered the Jewish Ghetto during WWII
this door once led to a cellar under the church
this door once led to a cellar under the church
Mr. Vorobets tells us that bones recently found in the cellar are believed to be Jewish victims who died while trying to hide
Mr. Vorobets tells us that bones recently found in the cellar are believed to be Jewish victims who died while trying to hide
the bones were discovered during renovation of the church which is now in progress
the bones were discovered during renovation of the church which is now in progress
one of the priests takes us down into the cellar
one of the priests takes us down into the cellar
the church would like to bury these remains respectfully, and asks our opinion
the church would like to bury these remains respectfully, and asks our opinion
so Alex notifies the rabbi of Ivano-Frankivsk who knows the head priest of Rohatyn...
so Alex notifies the rabbi of Ivano-Frankivsk who knows the head priest of Rohatyn...
...and will work with him to determine if more research is needed before burial
...and will work with him to determine if more research is needed before burial
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143573929.dwO8EQFv.jpg heading down the street past the former Judenrat building...
heading down the street past the former Judenrat building...
...we see that the memorial to Rohatyn's Jewish community...
...we see that the memorial to Rohatyn's Jewish community...
...is back in place after renovation of the school building
...is back in place after renovation of the school building
here we are meeting with Paulina, who was an orphan in Rohatyn before and during the war
here we are meeting with Paulina, who was an orphan in Rohatyn before and during the war
Marla interviews Paulina with help from everyone
Marla interviews Paulina with help from everyone
Paulina shares a photo of Polish Constitution Day celebrations in 1938
Paulina shares a photo of Polish Constitution Day celebrations in 1938
here's the current view of the same north side of the rynek
here's the current view of the same north side of the rynek
a group shot with Abe, Alex, and Mr. Vorobets before we go
a group shot with Abe, Alex, and Mr. Vorobets before we go
now we will visit the places where headstones have been found so far in 2012
now we will visit the places where headstones have been found so far in 2012
here is Drahomanov street by the river, where in 2011 Mr. Vorobets speculated there would be more stones...
here is Drahomanov street by the river, where in 2011 Mr. Vorobets speculated there would be more stones...
...and some were found already in 2012
...and some were found already in 2012
this is Mr. Vorobets' picture of the removal there
this is Mr. Vorobets' picture of the removal there
here is the Zavoda area, a site where many stones were found in 2011...
here is the Zavoda area, a site where many stones were found in 2011...
...and several so far in 2012; probably there will be more
...and several so far in 2012; probably there will be more
this shot by Mr. Vorobets is from Zelena street, where he and we found several stones in 2011
this shot by Mr. Vorobets is from Zelena street, where he and we found several stones in 2011
Mr. Vorobets is speaking with a man on Zelena today, guessing he may know of more stones
Mr. Vorobets is speaking with a man on Zelena today, guessing he may know of more stones
the man leads us to another stone near the roadway
the man leads us to another stone near the roadway
this one is added to the list for future removal
this one is added to the list for future removal
the same man leads us to another family who knows of a stone in their yard
the same man leads us to another family who knows of a stone in their yard
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the community is quite willing to help, and to share their own experiences
even just driving along this road, we spot another stone...
even just driving along this road, we spot another stone...
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143574021.midFTjIh.jpg ...and there are others which might have come from the cemeteries
...and there are others which might have come from the cemeteries
workmen will need to come back to turn the heavier ones
workmen will need to come back to turn the heavier ones
we make a quick visit to the southern mass grave memorial...
we make a quick visit to the southern mass grave memorial...
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143574025.TRAF1N6o.jpg ...and then visit with a descendant of the Jewish Reiss family in Rohatyn
...and then visit with a descendant of the Jewish Reiss family in Rohatyn
Alex and Mr. Vorobets ask her to tell us her recollections of the war, when she was a small girl
Alex and Mr. Vorobets ask her to tell us her recollections of the war, when she was a small girl
she was left with no family or posessions...
she was left with no family or posessions...
...and was raised by a foster family in the area
...and was raised by a foster family in the area
just before leaving town this time, we visit the new cemetery again to document the latest headstones
just before leaving town this time, we visit the new cemetery again to document the latest headstones
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t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f143574032.C66VPRh3.jpg the collection is growing, and decisions about long-term care will need to be made
the collection is growing, and decisions about long-term care will need to be made