|MOGILEV (Mahilyow): Mogilev|
Also see LENINSKIY RAYON
Alternate names: Mahilyow [Bel], Mogilev [Rus], Mohylew [Ger], Mohylów [Pol], Mohyliv [Ukr], Molev [Yid], Mogiliovas [Lith], Mogilew, Mahileu, Mohilev, Mahiliou, Russian: Мoгилeв / Мoгилëвъ. Belarusian: Мaгiлëў. 53°55' N, 30°20' E, 113 miles E of Minsk. Capital of Mogilev Gubernia (Mogilev Province, Russian Empire) before 1917.
In 2000, the Jewish Community of Mogilev found foreign sponsors and began Jewish cemetery restoration and changes: non-sanctioned Orthodox burials are prevented. A new concrete fence surrounds the entire cemetery. A building for guard staff was constructed. The cemetery contains 25 old graves restorations. Leader of the Jewish community is Nakhum Ioffe. [Source: Leonid Plotkin, February 2003]
“On a visit to the Mogilev Jewish Cemetery in August 1999, I personally saw Jewish graves dug up and Jewish head stones discarded in piles among the weeds to make room for Christian burials. While there, I worked with leaders of the Jewish community in Mogilev as well as the Chief Rabbi of Belarus and the leader of the Jewish community of Belarus to stop the desecration of the Mogilev cemetery. Subsequently, I received word that a fence had been built around the cemetery, a guard house had been built, and plans were being made to hire a guard to protect the cemetery. About two weeks ago (four years later), I received a report and digital photos from Alexander Litin in Mogilev that showed Jewish graves were still be dug up and replaced with Christian burials. It was very disturbing to say the least and I felt compelled to try and do something. I forwarded the report and photos from Mr. Litin to our fellow SIG member Schelly Dardashti who is a correspondent for the “Jerusalem Post” and asked Schelly if she could write an article and get the world out to the JTA, which she obviously did, as can be seen from Andrews message. I also contacted Jeffrey Farrow, the Executive Director of the United States Commission for The Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.” Source: Belarus SIG Digest, 13 June 2003. /David Fox. Belarus SIG Coordinator. [June 2003]
story about a dispute over Jewish and Christian burials in the supposedly closed Mogilev Jewish cemetery, from the JTA. Source: Belarus SIG Digest, 11 June 2003. [June 2003]
18th century cemetery photos. [February 2010]
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