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For years now, Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister from Texas, has been cleaning Jewish cemeteries and erecting memorial plaques at mass grave sites in Poland, and recently Ukraine.
The year-old American says cleaning up old cemeteries is his way, as a Christian, of honoring Holocaust victims while supporting the surviving Jewish communities here.
He also hopes his mission can help alleviate the bitterness and misunderstanding that still festers sometimes between Christians and Jews. Reece explains that he is troubled by the failure of European Christians who mostly stood by passively as the Nazis marginalized, then persecuted and killed their Jewish neighbors.
Reece, who grew up in Texas and is now a resident of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, says he is driven by a desire for justice that has been with him since his boyhood in the American South, where the mistreatment and segregation of Black Americans was instituted in law.
That made a tremendous impact upon me," Reece said during an interview in Warsaw. In he founded an Atlanta-based charity, The Matzevah Foundation, which takes its name from the Hebrew term for headstone. The foundation brings volunteers to Europe from the Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee and partners them with Jewish descendants to care for their ancestral cemeteries.
Sincehis organization has carried out 28 projects in 14 different locations with the help of nearly 1, volunteers, including some Americans, but also Israelis, local Poles and Ukrainians. The recent work in Rohatyn was organized by Jewish Rohatyn Heritage, an organization run by an American couple, Marla Raucher Osborn and Jay Osborn, who have been gathering Nazi-damaged headstones scattered in the town and bringing them to the cemetery in Ukraine.
Reece first came to the region in the late s when he was on assignment in Poland as a photo reporter.
After graduating seminary, he served for 12 years as a pastor in Warsaw and nearby Otwock, learning Polish and gaining a deeper understanding of what happened in Poland during WWII. Under the German occupation thousands of Christian Poles risked their lives to help Jews, but many did not act, and some joined the plunder and destruction.
Reece, no longer a minister, says he wants to help local Jewish authorities struggling to maintain 1, cemeteries across Poland — a legacy of a country once home to the largest Jewish community in the world. That population has dwindled from 3. Reece said some in the Jewish community at first wrongly suspected he was seeking converts.
It transcends religion, nationality, and ethnicity. Steven Reece is one of them.Mrs. Watson's Class, online resource for Lawton Chiles High School, AP Human Geography, World History, and History Fair.
Group Research Guide Sheet. Ms. Wildey. Topic Assigned: _____ Please answer the following questions below about the religion assigned to you. AP World History Summer Assignment SUMMER ASSIGNMENT DUE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, (Day #3) The purpose of this four part assignment is to review Global 9 content that you learned from region to region, and apply it chronologically to the fourth era of the AP World History course, which is when the course will begin.
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