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Belarus - Construction In Belarus Reveals Recycled Jewish Headstones As Building Materials

Published on: October 31, 2014 12:52 PM
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A digger on the site of the new supermarket (Photo: Debra Brunner, co-director of The Together Plan)A digger on the site of the new supermarket (Photo: Debra Brunner, co-director of The Together Plan)

Belarus - New construction of a supermarket in the Polish-border town of Brest in Belarus has left residents horrified, as the project has unearthed that many of the town’s homes and structures were built using recycled Jewish headstones left over from WWII.

VICE.com (http://bit.ly/1E8eQYu ) reports that the since digging for the new supermarket began in May, some 450 Jewish headstones have been unearthed, bringing the total to over 1,500 during the past six years.

Brest, which originally housed The Warburg Colony, an estate dedicated to orphaned WWI Jewish children, developed a sizable Jewish community and ultimately a good-sized Jewish cemetery.

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Brest’s entire 30,000 member Jewish community was victimized by the Nazis and the Holocaust during WWII.

Arriving post war, Soviet led Communists leveled the cemetery to build a sports arena, in the process “recycling” Jewish headstones as good building materials due to the quality of the stone.

Residents of Brest, in conjunction with a UK and US affiliated group called The Together Plan, have been stockpiling the headstones in hopes of including them in a memorial to the lost Jewish community.

Debra Brunner, co-director of The Together Plan, said both Jewish and non-Jewish community members care deeply that the headstones are preserved in some kind of memorial, but that more money is needed to move the project forward.

Tombstones piled up in Brest-Litovsk Fortress (Photo: Debra Brunner, co-director of The Together Plan)Tombstones piled up in Brest-Litovsk Fortress (Photo: Debra Brunner, co-director of The Together Plan)


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 Oct 31, 2014 at 01:06 PM Butterfly Says:

Whose "bright" idea was that?

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 Oct 31, 2014 at 03:03 PM JackC Says:

Leave them piled up, in one public place. The mass makes a statement and will be a dramatic unforgettable memorial to that lost murdered world that Jews inhabited that city and remain there.

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 Nov 02, 2014 at 01:49 AM FranZ Says:

and where are the bodies....?

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 Nov 02, 2014 at 12:15 PM TJ Says:

Brest's pre-WWII name may sound more familiar to the readers of this site: Brisk.

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