Commemorative plaque dedicated to the Poles unveiled at Catholic Cemetery

A new informative broad was placed at the entrance to the Catholic Cemetery in Chisinau. It contains general information about the place, but has also a separate component that is a commemorative plaque dedicated to the persons of Polish origin who were buried in that cemetery. The event to unveil the board held on October 29 involved representatives of the Embassy of Poland in Chisinau, IPN reports.

Ambassador Bartłomiej Zdaniuk said that during almost six years, the Embassy has taken part in activities to renew the tombstones of the forerunners. It was possible to renovate at least one gravestone a year. This year such renovations weren’t possible as the pandemic thwarted many plans. “However, we managed to contribute to the renewal or, better said, rebuilding of this informative board in a number of languages. Those who will come here will be able to learn more about the history of the people who lived in the municipality of Chisinau and were buried in this cemetery,” stated the ambassador, noting that a number of people contributed to this effort.

Ludmila Boțan, director of the municipal enterprise “Funeral Services Combine”, noted that this year they had a series of plans as parts of the common project that has been implemented during six years. Despite the pandemic and the restrictions, the attempts and efforts produced a nice result – the renewal of the informative board, together with the information provided by the Embassy of Poland. They hope the works initiated six years ago will be continued and they will restore more headstones and monuments that have a real historical value that is important both for Poland and for the Republic of Moldova.

Ecaterina Iajgunovici, of the Polish community, helped extend the list of names of the Poles who were buried at the Catholic Cemetery. The board contains over 70 names of Poles. After this list was compiled, there was produced a new list with about 250 Poles resting there. In the future, the list could be extended again.

The Roman- Catholic Cemetery in Chisinau is 2 ha in area. About 50% of those buried there are Poles.

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