HARLEY LIPPMAN

U.S. Commission for
the Preservation of
America's Heritage Abroad

Learn more of HArley's Work in PolandUnearthing Mass Graves in Poland

As a Presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Harley Lippman personally spearheaded efforts that uncovered over 20 mass graves across Poland of Jews massacred by Germans that began two years prior to the Holocaust in September 1939 until March 1942. Harley was personally responsible for erecting 20 memorials in Polish, English and Hebrew in which government officials, Rabbis and Priests officiated at the memorial service and school children adopted gravesites to maintain. This led Harley to be an executive-producer on an award-winning documentary that appeared on PBS entitled, ‘Safeguarding Memory: Commemorating Jewish Mass Graves in Poland’, on mass graves in Poland.

Harley’s efforts to unearth mass graves led Poland’s Minister of Culture and National Heritage in 2023 to award Harley with the medal called Medal Opoekin Miejsc Pamieci Narodowej – “Guardian of National Memorial Sites.”

.Medal Opoekin Miejsc Pamieci Narodowej

Sites of Mass Graves Unearthed

To view the full list of locations in Poland please click here.

1. STRZELCE

15 July, 2009

2. WÓLKA DOBRYŃSKA

16 July, 2009

3. BUŚNO

14 September, 2010

4. MUSZYKI FOREST

15 Sept, 2011

5. LUTA VILLAGE

3 June, 2013

6. LUTA FOREST

3 June, 2013

7. LEOKADIA

27 May, 2014

8. KLEMENTOWICE

26 May, 2015

9. CICHOBORZ

5 November, 2015

10. KAPLONOSY

3 November, 2016

11. WOLSKA DĄBROWA

24 Nov, 2016

12. PRÓCHENKI

25 July, 2016

13. ZALESIE

14 August – 15 Sept, 2017

14. OLCHOWIEC

4 September, 2018

15.POBOŁOWICE

2 December, 2019

16. STANISŁAWÓW

9 September, 2020

17. STROMIEC

22 October , 2021

18. KRUPIŃSKIE

16 November, 2021

19. MROKÓW

2 June, 2022

20. MOKRY JEGIEL

7 Sept, 2022

21. BŁAŻEK

30 May, 2023