Welcome to Recording Cultural Genocide and Killing Sites in Jewish Cemeteries
Bought to you by the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University and our partners.About the project
About this project: “Using cutting-edge technology, we uncover the truth about cultural genocide and mass killings: to ensure that the stories of all who were victims are shared and to demonstrate where racial hatred and intolerance can lead."
Before the Holocaust, Jewish cemeteries were at the heart of Jewish communities, as places where history was preserved and remembered.
During the Holocaust, the Nazis saw them as physical and symbolic expressions of Jewish culture. In an attempt to erase all traces of Jewish people, tombstones were toppled, graves desecrated, bones removed, and funerary houses looted.
Not content with inflicting physical damage, the Nazis sometimes used cemeteries as execution sites, with mass graves excavated for (and sometimes by) those killed.
The StoriesView all
- Wąwolnica: From Safe Haven to Killing Site
- Wąwolnica: Social Action
- Piaski: Kurt Thomas Eyewitness Testimony
- Reconciliation in Focus
- Piaski’s Old Jewish Cemetery
- Jewish Cemeteries: Desecration and Cultural Genocide
Stories of Survival
"To my dismay, when I arrived there, the cemetery was empty of all tombstones and in the middle was a dug reservoir holding water."Read my story
Jacob Hennenberg, Witness and Survivor
Building a digital museum
Learn about the incredible technologies we use to capture history and preserve it for the futureBehind the scenes
Our Partners and SupportersThis project was funded by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) under Grant No. 2016-597.
Some of the people who make our work possible: