MACEVA - LITVAK CEMETERY CATALOG
JEWISH CEMETERIES IN LITHUANIA TO BE RESTORED
2012 - MACEVA is a non-profit organization (NGO) headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania.
It plans to reconstruct, clean, restore, photograph and translate all remaining headstones in each of the approximately 200 abandoned and desecrated Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania. Often referred to as the "cradle of Eastern European Jewish
culture," Lithuania had a pre-Holocaust Jewish community of 240,000 people.
The primary focus of MACEVA is to collect, catalog and publicize information about these cemetery sites throughout the country. MACEVA photographically documents remaining tombstones and translates all legible gravestone inscriptions which are then posted on their website for everyone to view.
Working in conjunction with local municipalities, permanent memorial plaques will be installed, which will provide information about the site and community. The goal is to share information regarding the site with those who now inhabit the area, especially about the history of the Jews who formerly lived in the neighborhood. Through this information sharing, MACEVA seeks to gain the support of local residents to help care for these Jewish cemeteries.
MACEVA is endorsed by the Lithuanian Jewish Community (LJC), whose president, Dr. Simonas Alperavicius serves on the MACEVA board. Other esteemed board members include former Lithuanian Head of State and current European Parliament member Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis, past LJC President Grigorijus Kanovicius, and European Parliament member Prof. Leonidas Donskis. Internationally recognized Lithuanian academics on the board include Dr. Egle Bendikaite of Vilnius University and Dr.
Darius Udrys of the European Humanities University. Other prominent Lithuanian board members include Dr. Andrius Navickas, editor-in-chief of Bernardinai.lt, awarded "Person of Tolerance" (2011) by the Sugihara Foundation, and Vytautas Toleikis, Director of the Lithuanian Committee of the United World Colleges. Serving from the United States are Howard Margol, philanthropist and past President of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, and Grant Arthur Gochin, president of www.GAWWS.com and current Secretary of the Los Angeles Consular Corps.
Former Lithuanian Head of State, MEP Prof. Landsbergis stated: "Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania are not simply burial places, they are part of Lithuanian history and culture and must be preserved."
More detail is available on the MACEVA website.
Consistent with LitvakSIG’s objective of encouraging and supporting the preservation and computerization of primary sources of genealogical data, LitvakSIG works cooperatively with MACEVA.
In addition to working cooperatively with MACEVA to share the information they are documenting, digitizing and computerizing, LitvakSIG is able to accept contributions specifically designated for MACEVA. To contribute now, using our secure on-line credit card system, go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute. Select Special Project, then MACEVA from the drop-down menu. Contributions may be tax deductible for US taxpayers. Consult your tax advisor.
To make a donation by check, in US$ or to mail your credit card information for
Payable to: LitvakSIG, Inc.
Mail to: LitvakSIG Inc.
c/o Eden Joachim, Treasurer
41 Country Club Lane
Pomona, NY 10970
Credit card information may be faxed (secure) to 845-363-6627.
Always include your full name, billing address, email address, telephone
number. You may note shtetl(s) of interest. This information will be
passed on to MACEVA.
Please visit the MACEVA website: http://litvak-cemetery.info/en/
to learn more about this important organization and its work.
Click on this link to download the current Maceva brochure .