24 May 2008

Dobra, Poland: Memorial planned

If your family history indicates a connection to Dobra, near Turek, in Poland, there will soon be a Place of Remembrance for its Jewish population.

Roni Seibel Liebowitz of the Lodz Area Research Group - LARG - reported on the project being planned by Leon Weintraub of Sweden.

Weintraub has been instrumental in planning this project. The Jewish cemetery has been fenced in and paid for. He decided not to wait for possible financial support from Jewish organizations and will complete the project himself.

He visited Dobra April 9-18 to discuss details with the town's mayor and to finalize construction arrangements. The main part of the memorial will be ready by the end of May.

Weintraub will again meet the mayor and his deputy in June to discuss details for the opening ceremony, and they have promised to arrange the transfer of the gravestones to the cemetery while he is there. The ceremony may take place on Tuesday, August 19.

He later visited Lodz and arranged for the inscriptions on the memorial

Leibowitz says that photos will be posted, and later supplemented by photos of the ceremony in August. She is the Lodz Archive Coordinator for JRI-Poland, and also handles the Lodz ShtetLinks project on JewishGen.

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