United States Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad

Lesley Weiss

The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad is an independent U.S. Government agency established in 1985. Its mission is to identify and report on cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Central and Eastern Europe associated with the cultural heritage of Americans, and to obtain assurances from governments that these sites will be protected and preserved. Established in response to Jewish American concerns about burial places in the region, the Commission encourages and facilitates private projects to identify, restore and memorialize sites, including Holocaust killing sites. In its pioneering country surveys, killing sites find particular mention in the reports on Jewish Heritage in Ukraine (2005), Moldova (2010), and on Roma Heritage in Poland (2009).

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