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2012 Rohatyn Visit #2 - November 7th/8th

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.
with Alex and Vitaly, we pass thru autumn colors on our way from L'viv
with Alex and Vitaly, we pass thru autumn colors on our way from L'viv
upon arriving in Rohatyn, we meet Abe and then Mr. Vorobets...
upon arriving in Rohatyn, we meet Abe and then Mr. Vorobets...
and then we are off to get status of the headstone recovery project
and then we are off to get status of the headstone recovery project
on this property in the Zavoda area, five stones were recently found and removed for transfer
on this property in the Zavoda area, five stones were recently found and removed for transfer
this is an area that has yielded many stones...
this is an area that has yielded many stones...
...though not all appear to be Jewish headstones
...though not all appear to be Jewish headstones
now we are on vul. Zelena again...
now we are on vul. Zelena again...
...where recent street work for water/sewer upgrades has exposed many gravestones
...where recent street work for water/sewer upgrades has exposed many gravestones
we try to inventory the new finds
we try to inventory the new finds
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147244044.CyYSs3tW.jpg we will return to this one for further inspection
we will return to this one for further inspection
a half-dozen excavations have each yielded possibilities
a half-dozen excavations have each yielded possibilities
these two seem likely
these two seem likely
Mr. Vorobets checks the back side of a stone
Mr. Vorobets checks the back side of a stone
even with just our hands we can expose an epitaph
even with just our hands we can expose an epitaph
it's getting late and dark, but progress is being made
it's getting late and dark, but progress is being made
this one appears quite ornate
this one appears quite ornate
some creek water and scrubbing helps
some creek water and scrubbing helps
a very impressive stone with lions and a crown
a very impressive stone with lions and a crown
with the day gone, we record what we can
with the day gone, we record what we can
that evening, a joyful meeting with twin sisters Deborah and Chaya!
that evening, a joyful meeting with twin sisters Deborah and Chaya!
if the image looks blurry, it's just the horilka taking effect
if the image looks blurry, it's just the horilka taking effect
the next morning, we meet Jeremy...
the next morning, we meet Jeremy...
...and trade ideas with him on many topics about projects in town
...and trade ideas with him on many topics about projects in town
at the new Jewish cemetery, we take stock of the stone recovery status
at the new Jewish cemetery, we take stock of the stone recovery status
Jeremy is able to read for us names and other details on several stones
Jeremy is able to read for us names and other details on several stones
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147244065.9zBLlfaI.jpg some of the earliest stones recovered are now becoming overgrown
some of the earliest stones recovered are now becoming overgrown
we will need to move these stones uphill...
we will need to move these stones uphill...
...and think hard about long-term preservation
...and think hard about long-term preservation
Jeremy gets his first look at the still-standing granite stones...
Jeremy gets his first look at the still-standing granite stones...
...and we learn from him that these stones are all for Hasidic rabbis
...and we learn from him that these stones are all for Hasidic rabbis
Jeremy, Abe, Alex, Mr. Vorobets, Marla, and Jay, at the new cemetery
Jeremy, Abe, Alex, Mr. Vorobets, Marla, and Jay, at the new cemetery
we hear a rumor that there are Jewish gravestones just west of the old cemetery
we hear a rumor that there are Jewish gravestones just west of the old cemetery
this area has been known as 'Jerusalem' since at least 1846
this area has been known as 'Jerusalem' since at least 1846
this stone seems large, almost monumental
this stone seems large, almost monumental
and this one has lettering on it we're told is Hebrew
and this one has lettering on it we're told is Hebrew
neighbors help us to excavate and investigate
neighbors help us to excavate and investigate
as the lettering becomes clearer...
as the lettering becomes clearer...
...it seems this is not a Jewish headstone
...it seems this is not a Jewish headstone
additional digging by Alex...
additional digging by Alex...
...and the neighbor and Jeremy...
...and the neighbor and Jeremy...
...and by Abe; we conclude it's likely a disused Christian cross foundation, marking the hill
...and by Abe; we conclude it's likely a disused Christian cross foundation, marking the hill
then we are back to vul. Zelena
then we are back to vul. Zelena
Jeremy translates for us...
Jeremy translates for us...
...status and memorial, but unfortunately the name is missing
...status and memorial, but unfortunately the name is missing
but we have better luck with this one!
but we have better luck with this one!
then we return to this mystery stone
then we return to this mystery stone
again, water and scrubbing reveal part of the story
again, water and scrubbing reveal part of the story
nearby residents stop to watch the gradual revealing
nearby residents stop to watch the gradual revealing
no clear name, but an unmarried woman
no clear name, but an unmarried woman
about a dozen stones have been identified for moving from the recent street work
about a dozen stones have been identified for moving from the recent street work
and it appears there are probably others we could negotiate to take as well...
and it appears there are probably others we could negotiate to take as well...
t2%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f147244100.OlCmUYDA.jpg we meet another local historian, the attorney Mr. Bohdan Skrobach
we meet another local historian, the attorney Mr. Bohdan Skrobach
and then it is time for Marla's lecture at the Ukrainian school in Rohatyn
and then it is time for Marla's lecture at the Ukrainian school in Rohatyn
Abe begins by explaining a little about our work in town
Abe begins by explaining a little about our work in town
then Alex adds some info about Marla's broader work with the town's Jewish descendants
then Alex adds some info about Marla's broader work with the town's Jewish descendants
Marla introduces Chaya, Deborah, and Jeremy as part of the extended family
Marla introduces Chaya, Deborah, and Jeremy as part of the extended family
about 100 students and teachers attended...
about 100 students and teachers attended...
...giving us a chance to thank the community for its help in our local work
...giving us a chance to thank the community for its help in our local work
Alex provides on-the-fly translation to Ukrainian...
Alex provides on-the-fly translation to Ukrainian...
...but many students know English well enough to follow
...but many students know English well enough to follow
at the lecture's end, a warm greeting from the town's teachers, and a promise to return for more encounters
at the lecture's end, a warm greeting from the town's teachers, and a promise to return for more encounters