Svyatsilavichy, Svetilovichi. 52°48' N 31°19' E, 172.4 miles ESE of Minsk.
"UPDATE: I met an American while visiting Belarus last summer. He was very generous in making available his time and his staff members to help me locate the Jewish cemetery in Stolbtsy and some other sites near Novogrudek. His name is Mark Rose. He has lived for the past seven years in the village of Ratamka, on the oustskirts of Minsk where he operates a number of social service programs funded in part by the US Agency for International Development and in part by a group of Baptists in Georgia. Mark moves around Belarus a lot as part of his work. Recently, he was in Svislovich. He wrote:
Steve, this is tragic and the village people, some of the poorest around, could care less. Nobody seems to care. I would do anything if we could somehow fix that bank so as to stop the erosion. Then, clean out all the old trees and weeds that have grown up over the years and bring this back to its original beauty. It is one of the most beautiful spots I have ever seen in this part of the world. Some of the guys I was with went down along the shore and literally picked up human bones and a skull from one of the graves. I know you are a good organizer and I hope you can help me find a way to clean up the cemetery and prevent its further deterioration. I can put together a team here, if you can find some resources.
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