AN APPEAL TO ALL LOSICERS WORLDWIDE
12 December 2002

Shalom Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Viktor Lewin and a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba. My father was born in Losice, Poland in 1918, where he spent his youth until the Nazi occupation in 1939.

Thanks to the Internet I was fortunate enough to make contact with two sons, one son lives in Essex, England, and the other in Paris, France. Our fathers, in their youth, lived within blocks of each other in Losice.

A little history about the Jewish cemetery in Losice and it's gravestones will help you to understand our interest in this project. The Jewish presence in Losice dates back to the late 1600s, and of course the cemetery played an important role in the shtetl of Losice. Skipping forward to modern times and the Second World War, we know of the Nazi occupation of Losice, and it's ghettoization and liquidation of the Jewish community of 2900 souls to Treblinka. We also know from our research that the Nazi gendarmes confiscated and occupied the residence of the late Dr. Wroblewski. In 1942, the Nazis raided Jewish cemeteries in Losice, itself, to bring back to this residence a great many gravestones ( Matzevot ) which were to serve as paving stones for a courtyard at the rear of the resid. This where they remain to this veday.

Imagine a modday scenario, not to difficult to do with the ever increasing reports of antisemitic activities, whereby a gravestone of your loved one is stolen. You discover where it is, but there lie legal obstacles in your path to it's recovery. My quto mybrothers and sisters is: What would you do in order to reclaim the gravestone and return it to a place of honour and dignity ?

I now place before you a challenge to step forward to lend a helping hand in our mission to do just that. Demonstrate your commitment by writing to anyone of the e-mail addresses given below.

Because of the quickly approaching winter, our energies have been directed towards fundraising and widening the exposure of this story.

Any support that you and/or your organizationcan offer would be most appreciated. We look forward to continuing our relationship with you. Let us agree to ithis saga unfolds.

Checks should be made out to the PJCRP (Poland Jewish Cemeteries Restoration Project) General Fund, however a note should accompany the check stating that the monies are only to be
used forthe PJCRP Losice Fund.
Donations of $250.00 or more given by American donors will receive a receipt to claim towards incota.
Checks should be mailed to: Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies:
PJCRP Account, SPECIFY LOSICE ACCOUNT.
787 Delaware Avenu
, N.Y. 14209
Credit card donations must be cleared by Peter Fleischmann, Director, at the following e-mail address: pfleischmann@jewishphilanthropies.org

I leave you with the following excerpt from a speech given by Cardinal Cassidy from the Vatican in March 199, " Final, we invite all men and wof good will to reflect deeply on the significance of the Shoah ( Holocaust ). The victims fromtheir graves, and the surthrough testimony of what they have suffered, have become a voicecalling the attention of all of humanity. To remember this terrible expis tbecome fully conscious of the saluwarning entails : spoiled seof anti-Judaism anti-Semitism must never again be allowed to take root in any human heart."

Yours respectfully,

Viktor Lewin (viklewin "@" shaw.ca), Yitzhak Eisenberg (y_eisenberg "at" hotmail.com), and Warren Grynberg (Warrentours "@" aol.com).

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