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2015-05-18

Will funds to renovate the wall of the cemetery in Krosno be found?

The wall surrounding the Jewish cemetery in Krosno is in a very poor condition. The Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage is looking for funds to repair it.

It is an old concrete wall from before World War II. Last time, it was renovated in 1988 by the Nissenbaum Family Foundation. Time is running and the wall is gradually deteriorating. Several months ago, a few spans collapsed falling on the neighbouring properties. A garden grill, a smokehouse and a bench were damaged then. Residents are afraid it is going to happen again.

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The cemetery has been a property of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage for a few months. Its employees are looking for funds to repair the wall. Recently, they appealed to the historical monuments preservation officer in Krosno to have the renovation co-financed. The Foundation also encourages potential benefactors to provide donations for this purpose.

The fence is about 330 metres long. The costs of the renovation still remain unknown. The amount of the expenses will certainly be influenced by the fact that the cemetery is listed at the Register of Historical Monuments.

Monika Krawczyk, Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, says: “Works at historical monuments always multiply costs of all activities. For instance, an architectural plan is required which has to be approved by the historical monuments preservation officer. Then, an application for the permission to build has to be submitted. Each of these procedures is a separate one. Pursuant to rules, obtaining each permission takes 2 months if, of course, the institutions do not require supplementing or alternating the filed documents.”

Author: Krzysztof Bielawski
Sources: information materials of TVP Rzeszów and the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage.

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