Our final two days as a group were adventures in themselves. The small town of Oświęcim, where we had spent four nights, lost its last remaining Jewish resident in 2000. Because of this, it is up to local organizations and volunteers to maintain Jewish sites – most specifically, the town’s aging Jewish cemetery.
You could say we were a natural fit for the project. By that time, the entire town (and I mean every resident) knew of our presence, and this was the least we could do for the community.
Armed with chainsaws, shears, rakes and gloves, we dispersed across the property and for the next four hours, trimmed and plucked our hearts (and the weeds) away.