“They lie at rest in nameless graves. Their resting-places in far off forests and lonely fields are lost to the eyes of revering kin."
- The Union Prayer Book
I recently established The Center for Holocaust Family Research and Memorials to continue work in genealogy for myself and to assist others to identify and memorialize any and all family members who were murdered in the Holocaust, family members who died violently, who have no gravestone.
These activities pay honor to both ancestors and their descendants. My involvement has created a network in Europe of memorial associations, lawyers, journalists, and advocates; also a growing number of second generation descendants who wish to honor their lost families.
There are nearly 80,000 memorial stones placed all over Europe, but very few in Poland, where the majority of the murdered were from. A dream would be to see six million brass stones shining in the sun, commemorating all 6,000,000 by name and place.
Stolpersteine are also placed in front of the residences of
resistance fighters, anti Nazi clergy, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals who were deported and murdered as well.
Slowly, Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues are being restored, or at least noted with plaques.
Read more about the Stolpersteine here.
In 2019, seven stones were placed in Antwerp.
In April of 2014, Evelyn raised funding and worked with a translator, as the executive editor, on the publication of the translation of the Grajewo Poland Memorial (Yizkor) Book.
We are currently working on four additional stone placements in Antwerp for newly discovered cousins.
We are also actively working with legal counsel to place stones in my paternal family’s home town in Grajewo Poland. There are many other descendants interested in joining in.
Evelyn Fine is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Holocaust Family Research and Memorials. She graduated Cum Laude, from Case Western Reserve University, with a BA in Psychology. She also graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education, respectively. Evelyn has worked with organizations such as the Association Memoire de Shoa, HaShava, the National Press Club, and the Grajewo Memorial Book Project Jewish Gen,, She has served as a founding member of new 501 © 3 performing arts group, a funding Strategy Consultant to Class Acts Arts and as Board Member for Marketing for Choral Productions of Washington. She holds over 30 years of experience in general management, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, product management and development.
MBA, Athabasca University Management consultant, non-profits, grant management, entrepreneuriship, project management (PMP), self employed.
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