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.
Some time ago, Mrs Marilyn Fish contacted our Association. Her great-grandparents, Jonas and Chawa Bluma Vogelhut, lived in Brzesko, but several of their children emigrated to the USA in the 1920s avoiding death in the Shoah. Several days of intensive communication with Marilyn and genealogical research allowed to recreate at least part of the history […]
In 2022, as in previous years, we regularly took care of the Brzesko new Jewish cemetery. From the beginning of May to the end of October, we organized cleaning the cemetery 6 different times. These events were attended by many people: teachers and students from three Brzesko schools took (all together oved 120 people from […]
On January 26, the teacher Dorota Pstrąg, member of the “Memory and Dialogue. Common History” Association, organized a meeting of 8th grade students of her school with Mrs. Zuzanna Peters-Musiał (who is also a member of our Association) in Brzesko. The meeting, during which Mrs Peters-Musiał introduced the students to Jewish history and culture and […]
On January 26, 2023, on the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we opened a new exhibition at the Brzesko regional museum. The meeting was opened with klezmer music played by the accordion teacher at the Brzesko music school Mr. Paweł Dyjak. It allowed us to feel the atmosphere of pre-war Brzesko, of Jewish […]
There are only several post-war tombstones at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery. Most of them stand on symbolic graves of people murdered during the war – it often happened that surviving Jews wanted to honour the memory of their murdered relatives at least in this way. One of such tombstones stands on the symbolic grave of […]
In the beginning of January 2022, Noa Shashar – descendant of Brzesko Schiff family – told me about an article she found in the Yiddish newspaper “Der Moment” from November 21, 1930. Reporter N. Kleinberger from Brzesko wrote about the murder of an elderly Jewish couple in the village of Żerków (it is located about […]
The deposit was found in the attic of the tenement house on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the extermination of Brzesko Jews. At first, we thought that maybe we would be able to learn who these books belonged to and find the descendants of these people. However, this turned out to be impossible. […]
History of the tenement house #56 and its residents In 1847, there was either nothing or a small wooden house on the site of the present one-story tenement house. Back then, there was no Długa street, and instead of Chopina street, there was only a narrow passage next to the church. On the other hand, […]
Rescued find Although Jews constituted two-thirds of the pre-war Brzesko residents, there remain very few traces of their presence in the town: tombstones at the Jewish cemetery at Czarnowiejska street, the buildings of the synagogue and the mikveh (ritual bathhouse) at Pushkina street (former Łazienna). In the past, every Jewish house could be recognized by […]
This article is mainly based on the book “Two who survived. Rose and Max Schindler’s story” by M.Lee Connolly, which is dedicated to the story of Holocaust survivors Max Schindler and his wife Rose Schwartz. Since Max’s parents, Benjamin Schindler and Rachel Schweid, came from Brzesko and Wytrzyszczka (a village in Brzesko county), I would […]
Back in 2015 we have started various projects on commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity.More
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.
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.More