The annual work-camp by SVIT Ukraine to clean the Jewish cemetery of Chernivtsi (Czernowitz) of rampant vegetation has begun today. It is already the 9th work-camp since 2008. Young people from all over Europe and from Japan (!) came together to work during the next two weeks together. It was my pleasure to meet them today.
Volunteers at the Jewish cemetery of Chernivtsi (Czernowitz)
Two old time Czernowitzers – Sylvia de Swaan and Arthur Rindner – came from America and Israel to meet the volunteers and to share their memories – something that makes this event special. A first meeting took place in the morning at the Jewish cemetery. Together we explored this unique place, searching for its history and meaning. Later in the afternoon we met again to have a walk through the city and a drink in a restaurant to become more familiar with the city’s history and each other. This is again such a nice bunch of people and I just feel sorry that I was so lazy with my camera when I hung out with them. But this was not the last day and I hope to share more impressions with you soon.
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