The project “Protecting Memory” combines the sustainable protection and dignified memorialization of mass graves with historical and educational work. The complexity of the project is reflected in its areas of activity and guiding principles:
The exact location and boundaries of graves at project sites are determined by non-invasive methods. This is done in order to comply with Jewish religious law (Halacha), which requires that the final resting place of the dead remains undisturbed. Representatives of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe monitor the ground-related work on site – both archaeological surveys and later construction – so as to ensure that Halacha is maintained. Local Jewish communities are also involved in project work.