Association
Memory and Dialogue. Common History.

We want to recreate half-forgotten part of the Brzesko history, commemorate Jewish community, which was co-creating the city and surrounding villages for several centuries, but was wiped out by German occupiers. We trust that awareness of the common Polish-Jewish history of our region will help us build the present and future based on openness, mutual respect and dialogue over divisions.

"Whoever does not respect and does not value their past is not worthy of respect of the present or right to the future."

J. Piłsudski

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News

29.09.2022 | Redaktor
Post-competition exhibition

Out of 51 photos presented for the competition, the jury chose 26 pictures for the exhibition. The official opening of the exhibition prepared by Mr. Daniel Nalepka took place on September 10, 2022, right after the awards were presented to the winners. You can read more about it here: https://brzesko-briegel.pl/en/2022/09/18/brzesko-bond-of-memory-2022-2/ Here are the photos chosen […]

24.09.2022 | Redaktor
Mala Zimetbaum, Brzesko-born heroine of Auschwitz

Mala Zimetbaum was born in Brzesko on January 20, 1918 as the youngest, sixth child in the family of the merchant Pinkas Zimetbaum/Hartman and Chaje Feigel nee Schmalzer. Mala’s paternal grandparents, Berl Hartman from Brzesko and Marjem Jochwet Zimetbaum from Nowy Sącz, had only a religious marriage, which was not recognized by the state. Accordingly, […]

18.09.2022 | Redaktor
Brzesko: bond of memory 2022

Events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the extermination of the Brzesko Jewish community started on Saturday, September 10 with the visit of the descendants of Brzesko Jews to the regional museum, where on behalf of the Association “Memory and Dialog. Common History” they were welcomed by Anna Kudła and Zuzanna Peters-Musiał. Part of the permanent […]

16.08.2022 | Redaktor
Results of the photo competition

The photo competition “Crumbs of Memory – material traces of the Brzesko Jewish Community” organized by the Association “Memory and Dialogue. Common History” and the County and City Public Library in Brzesko has just been adjudicated. Competition participants were to take the most interesting photograph showing the material traces of the presence of Jews in Brzesko. […]

15.08.2022 | Redaktor
History of Ryfka Passler and her family

Authors: Kamila Nycz and Weronika Salamon, Brzesko high schoolnamed after Nicolaus Copernicus Distinction in the 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity”. “…I will pause with you, dear participants of this meeting, for a moment by the plaque with the inscription in Hebrew. […]

31.07.2022 | Redaktor
The main Brzesko synagogue

In April 2021, we received several new photos from the family archive of prof. Charles Weiss Jr., including a photo of the main Bresko synagogue. All photos from this collection were taken in 1929, when the father of prof. Weiss, Brzesko-born Schaje (Charles) Weiss visited his hometown while traveling around Europe. (The Weisses emigrated from […]

30.07.2022 | Redaktor
The street around Żwirki i Wigury square on the photos by Schaje Weiss

Some time ago we received several new photos from prof. Charles Weiss Jr. These pictures were also taken by his father, Schaje (Charles) Weiss, during his short stay in Brzesko in 1929. Thanks to Marek Sukiennik it was possible to place these photos on the modern map of Brzesko (red line in the photo from […]

30.07.2022 | Redaktor
Jewish hospital in the Brzesko ghetto

Just a few days after the start of World War II, the Germans entered Brzesko. In the fall of 1939, persecution of Jews began, and in the spring of 1941 there was established a ghetto, which remained open for about a year. The area of the ghetto included the building pictured in the photo (current […]

30.07.2022 | Redaktor
Residents of the street around Żwirki i Wigury square on the photos by Schaje Weiss

Some time ago we received several new photos from prof. Charles Weiss Jr. These pictures were also taken by his father, Schaje (Charles) Weiss, during his short stay in Brzesko in 1929. Thanks to these photos it was possible to recreate the history of another Jewish family from Brzesko. The first photo shows a fairly […]

25.07.2022 | Redaktor
Yitzhak Lipschitz synagogue

Over 3 years ago we received 14 photos from the collection of prof. Charles Weiss Jr. These photos were taken in Brzesko in 1929 by his father prof. Schaje (Charles) Weiss. However only recently I have understood what might be on one of these pictures The photo was originally signed by the author as “Mordechai […]

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Our mission

Back in 2015 we have started various projects on commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity.

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Our initiatives

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Dov Landau: my Brzesko

Former Brzesko resident, Holocaust survivor Dov Landau recalls his childhood times walking the streets of his hometown.

Full documentary will become available at this website by the end of 2020; for the time being you can watch its trailer.

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History of Association

Dr Anna Brzyska,
chairperson of the Association

Although the association „Memory and Dialogue. Common History” was registered in March 2019, we started our first projects on commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko in spring 2015.

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