Home

Recording Cultural Genocide and Killing Sites in Jewish Cemeteries is a two-year research project, funded by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

The project is a collaboration between Staffordshire University, The Matzevah Foundation and Fundacja Zapomniane. Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls will lead the project, which started in 2016.

This project will raise awareness of the causes and consequences of cultural genocide and mass killings (using Jewish cemeteries desecrated by the Nazis as a pilot case study), directly tackling racism, xenophobia and hostility in the present.

This will be achieved by:

(1) Conducting new research into relationships between the destruction of property by Nazis and their collaborators, and the use of religious spaces as killing sites;

(2) Undertaking a series of “social action projects” at selected Jewish cemeteries where cultural genocide and mass killings occurred in the past, and where neglect and vandalism is occurring presently.

(3) Disseminating the results of the research and fieldwork via a state-of-the-art digital platform.

The project will adopt a unique interdisciplinary methodology to achieve its aims, utilising techniques from history, archaeology, digital humanities, conservation and community engagement. It will use state-of-the-art recording methods to locate and document evidence of cultural and other forms of genocide involving mass violence.