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Finding stones to repair roads with frost damage

In a letter to the district captain in Tarnopol, General Government of the District of Galicia, dated 2 April 1943, rocks and gravel were asked for in order to repair frost damage on the road in Tarnopol. In order to guarantee the maintenance of the means of transportation, “the two Jewish cemeteries of Zbaraz” were supposed to be dismantled “for this purpose.” The Nazis planned the complete extermination of Jewry, including synagogues and cemeteries. No stone was to be left to testify to the existence of Jews, and so these gravestones became demolition and building material.

(, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)