In 2018 UCSJ appealed to members of the International Religious Freedom Round Table to support our struggle to preserve desecrated old Jewish cemeteries in Ukraine. The appeal was passed two years ago.
The struggle is still continuing.
Since 1921 the former Soviet Union de-constituted the ancient Jewish cemeteries as part of state sponsored anti-Semitism to dismantle Jewish community life. Since 1939 it was forbidden to build atop the cemeteries, and the newly produced city maps did not include any remains of the Jewish presence,including cemeteries and synagogues during Soviet times. The German Nazi formed concentration camps where Jews were forced to break the tomb stones to pave roads to let the Nazi ammunition on the way to the front line. The Jewish cemeteries were destroyed by Nazi regime. And the Soviet Empire used city maps without mentioning any Jewish historical sites and cultural objects.PETITION-TO-PRESERVE-THE-CEMETERIES-IN-THE-OLD-CITY-OF-LVIV