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Uniting History Foundation has financially supported the installation of an information stand at the New Jewish Cemetery in Riga.
21 September, 2021

Uniting History Foundation has financially supported the installation of an information stand at the New Jewish Cemetery in Riga.

An information stand with a detailed plan of burial plots was opened at the New Jewish Cemetery in Šmerļi, Rīga.

The new information stand has an index of memorial objects at the cemetery, for example, a memorial stone that honors the Righteous Among the Nations Žanis and Johanna Lipke, a monument in honor of Jewish soldiers who fell in the struggle for Independence, and memorial signs for the victims of the Holocaust. A separate list of famous Jews buried on the territory of Šmerļi Cemetery is featured on the stand. Among them are chess player and grandmaster Mikhail Tal, writer and playwright Mark Razumny, composer Oskars Stroks, artist Mikhail Yo, and many other famous figures in culture, science, and education.

The development of the New Jewish Cemetery in Šmerļi began in the 1920s. The author of the project was the outstanding architect Paul Mandelstam. To this day, the hall for funeral ceremonies, the fence and the layout of the cemetery have retained their original appearance, designed by the architect.

Thanks to the financial support of the Uniting History Foundation, the Šmerļi Cemetery now has a modern and convenient information stand. The Foundation annually supports initiatives aimed at the improvement of the cemetery territory and regular care of burial plots. Activities also include restoration of old tombstones (matzevot) and laying new paths on the territory of the Šmerļi Cemetery.