Ceremonial meeting was held in the US Senate on June 18 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the US Commission for the Preservation of America´s Heritage Abroad, founded by the father of Rabbi Louis Kestenbaum. The ongoing project in Prostějov was mentioned there. The function was attended by members of the US Congress; Ambassador Petr Gandalovič represented the Czech Republic.
„The Czech Republic and the United States have for a long time devoted their attention to the common historic roots, which gave rise to the values of the present-day American and Czech societies. Jewish cemeteries and memorials of the victims of the holocaust are important parts of this heritage,” stated Mr Gandalovič. “But, 70 years after the end of the war, there are still forgotten ‘homes of life’ in our country, from which the Nazis extracted the gravestones in their effort to destroy everything Jewish, and the Communists covered them in oblivion in their effort to deny everything spiritual.”