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Located at 53°27' N, 24°16' E , approximately 4 miles SE of Hrodna (Grodno), 138.5 miles WSW of Minsk, 21 miles NNW of Vawkavysk (Volkavisk), 12 miles WNW of Masty (Mosty) , Grodno uezd, Grodno guberniya. Alternate names: Lunna [Rus, Yid], Łunna [Pol, Bel], Lunno, Łonna, Lunavolia, Russian: Лунно. Belarusian: Лунна. לונע: Yiddish. Shtetlink.

Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego (1880-1902), V, p. 830: "Łunna".

The cemetery is extensive. Since the town is very small, many nearby towns may have used the cemetery. This cemetery was not destroyed but is overgrown with many stones lying on their sides. Inscriptions were decidedly undecipherable due to age and elements. 11 May 1999 visit during incredible rain prevented good photographs. Source: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Rehov Kubovy 27-7, Ramat Danya, Jerusalem, Israel

JOWBR burial listings [August 2010] Burial list [March 2009]

UPDATE: A group of Dartmouth College Hillel students is involved in a service project to Lunna, Belarus. They plan to rebuild, restore, and document a Jewish cemetery abandoned since World War II. 2004 Dartmouth Hillel restoration of cemetery includes town history and full story of restoration by Dartmouth College Hillel. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . [January 2005]

UPDATE: The restoration of the old 19th century Jewish cemetery in Lunna, 25 miles south of Grodno, was completed. Representatives of the U.S. Embassy and the Belarusian State Committee on Religions and Nationalities spoke at the dedication ceremony. Perhaps the most moving speech was given by Grigory Chosid, former head of the Jewish Community in Grodno and member of the legendary Bielski Brigade of Jewish Partisans. Grigory has participated in all of our past restoration projects in the Grodno region.

This is the fifth cemetery that the East European Jewish Heritage Project has coordinated with Project Restoration. Four of these cemeteries were restored in cooperation with the students of Dartmouth University. This is an inter-religious, inter-racial project. In every case (Sopotskin, Kamenka, Svir, Indura (Amdur) and Lunna) the members f the local Belarusian community, from collective farm chairmen to high school students have directly assisted in the restoration. The American students stay for part of their trip with Belarusian host families. If you would like more information please feel free to contact me. Source: Franklin J. Swartz, Executive Director, East European Jewish Heritage Project, P.O.Box 97 Minsk, 220074 Republic of Belarus.  [June 2005]

Cemetery photos. [February 2010]

Cemetery restoration. [December 2010]

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