In far northeast China there are seven graves next to the outer wall of a Czarist military cemetery, in what was once the naval base of Port Arthur—now called Lüshun City. The burials pre-date Russia’s loss of Port Arthur to the Japanese in 1905; they held it till 1945 when it was conquered by the Soviet Army. It did not revert to Chinese control until 1955, when it became a closed military area prohibited to foreign visitors until quite recently. Because of the angle of the sun I was only able to photograph two of the graves. The Hebrew carving on each of them is of a high quality, even though the nearest Jewish community was at least a thousand miles away—in Chita, in eastern Siberia. These are the loneliest Jewish graves in the world.

(Photo: Aimee Veneau)





PRINT COMMENT