Dobra -- The Place of Remembrance:
A Monument at the old Jewish Cemetery

Dobra Cemetery Memorial and gate

A very special event organized by survivor Dr. Leon Weintraub and Mayor Andrzej Piatkowski
 took place on August 19th, 2008 at the gate of the Jewish Cemetery in Dobra, Poland.

Dr. Leon Weintraub cuts the ribbon
at the opening ceremony.

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The Monument at the Place of Remembrance.
(Click on photo to see a close-up view of the monument
 and its inscriptions.

Kaddish recited at the opening ceremony
 by Symcha Keller, The Chairman of the
Jewish Community in Lodz .
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Looking at the matzevot (gravestones)
that were brought to the monument.

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View of the matzevot (gravestones)
at the Place of Remembrance.

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Click here to see a list of the legible inscriptions on the matzevot
that were found and brought to the cemetery.


Dr. Leon Weintraub is a Holocaust survivor whose mother was born in Dobra. It was his passion to create a Place of Remembrance in Dobra (near Turek) for the Jewish population of this town, especially those who perished in the Holocaust. A large Jewish community for centuries, Dobra's Jewish residents had numbered more than 50% of the town's population. It was Leon Weintraub's vision to create a prominent place to commemorate the history of these people.

Click here to read
Dr. Leon Weintraub's speech presented at the ceremony

that explains the history and development of the project to create
The Place of Remembrance at the site of the Jewish Cemetery in Dobra
that had been destroyed by the Nazis.

Click here to see a copy of the invitation to the ceremony.

Click here to see the plan for the monument and map of the area.

Click here to see a list of contributors to the Place of Remembrance.


Dobra Descendants in July 2004

 In July 2004, Leon Weintraub (front row, left) and several Dobra descendants met in Dobra and discussed the project.

Click here to read about the background of the project.

Movie of the Opening Ceremony

Deputy Mayor, Mr. Jacek Gajewski, sent Dr. Leon Weintraub 
a two-hour movie in Polish of the Opening ceremony.  Leon edited this video to one hour.
If you would like a copy of this movie, contact him at: 
Or write: Leon Weintraub, Flintbacken 14, 118 42 Stockholm, Sweden

[All photographs provided by Dr. Leon Weintraub.]

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