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Macedonia: Archaeologists to Reconstruct Jewish Cemetery in Shtip   
13 May 2009 | The Institute and Museum of Shtip in eastern Macedonia announced it will soon begin the reconstruction and conservation of the Jewish cemetery in the city.

“The money for the reconstruction project was secured by the government, and with the project the Jewish cemetery will become a monument of culture,” Zaran Chitkushev, head of the Shtip Institute and Museum told the Dnevnik newspaper today.

The project involves the building of parking lots, pedestrian alleyways, benches, monuments, and the whole area of 14,000 square metres will be fenced by a wall.

“We are in constant contact with the European community in Macedonia. We will also invite an archaeologist from Israel as an associate,” Chitkushev added.

The first Jews settled in Shtip in 1512, when 38 Jewish families were recorded, according to the publication. In 1943, all 560 Jews from Shtip’s Jewish quarter were deported by the fascists to the Treblinka death camp.

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