Commission Begins Romania Cemetery Survey
The United State Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage
Abroad has begun a new country survey of Jewish monuments – expanding its
efforts to document the location and condition of Jewish cemeteries and
synagogues to Romania. The survey, which began in July, 1998, is
being organized by the Commission’s Research Director (and ISJM President)
Samuel Gruber. The first phase of the project, which includes visitation
and documentation of 470 cemeteries and 63 synagogues throughout
Transylvania, is being coordinated by Dr. Ladislau Gyemant and Dr. Mircea
Moldovan of the Dr. Moshe Carmilly Institute of Jewish Studies and Jewish
history at the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca.
In related news, Romanian Prime Minister Radu Vasile recently announced during a visit to Israel that , in September, 1998, a bill on "global return of Jewish properties" was to be submitted. The World Jewish Restitution Organization had been in negotiations with the Romanian government about restitution of Jewish property since in 1993.
Commission Signs Agreements with Estonia and Lithuania
Declarations of Cooperation were signed between the Commission and the
governments of the Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania in June, 1998.
The signings culminate negotiations begun in 1993. The agreements
pave the way for greater cooperation between the signatories for the protection
and preservation of cultural and historic sites. The identification
of sites of significance to the Jewish history of these countries, and
to Americans of Estonian and Lithuania Jewish descent is a high priority
for the Commission.
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