The Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, which has been used as a burial ground by the Jewish Community of Breslau / Wroclaw since 1902, needs a lot of helpers for its restoration. After summer camps have taken place regularly in recent years, the work will continue this year in a intergenerative group. The summer camp is primarily aimed at people aged 40 and over, but is open to anyone of legal age who is interested.
The place of work in the summer camp is the old, largest part of the Jewish cemetery, where people were buried until the end of World War II. It is devastated and partly exposed to wanton destruction, the northern half is completely overgrown. In some places in the cemetery area, a start was made to remove trees and branches from previous tree felling, to clear and clean grave fields and paths, and to remove regrown wild growth.
The gravestones uncovered were – as far as possible – erected and repaired. The work on "Field 24", where Jewish forced labourers and concentration camp prisoners were buried during World War II, is also to be cleared of the wood there and cleared of vegetation in order to make the grave sites visible. The work takes place under the expert guidance of the cemetery staff.
Wroclaw presents itself as a lively city with an unmistakable atmosphere, as a “city of encounters”. The accompanying program of the summer camp includes getting to know the past and present of the city, especially the search for traces of Jewish life, and encounters with people, with culture, religion and nature. The participants have the opportunity to discover a very special, historical and modern city.