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.
On March 1, 2022, the Association “Memory and Dialogue. Common History” and Municipal Public Library in Brzesko announced a photo competition “Traces of memory”. The project was inspired by Daniel Nalepka. The goal of the competition is to find the most interesting photos showing the material traces of the presence of the Jewish community in […]
Although Brzesko was a very small town before the war, there used to be four stone synagogues and a wooden one, and Brzesko rabbis belonged to famous rabbinical families – Lipschitz, Templer and Teitelbaum. The oldest ancestor of this last family, mentioned on several Teitelbaum matzevot at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery is Moshe Teitelbaum (1759-1841), […]
Since 2016 our Association, municipal culture center and the mayor of Brzesko have been organizing the annual project “We know your names” dedicated to commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity. During the last edition of this project, two 8th grade students from one of Brzesko schools, Wiktoria Włodarczyk and Emilia Majdys, […]
The Ghetto Fighters House Archive in Israel https://www.gfh.org.il/eng/Archive has got 4 photos of Lea Kling, a Holocaust survivor from Brzesko, who was in a DP camp in Italy after the war. Several hours of searching in various archives resulted in finding many materials about this family, including several photos. Ruchel Rozenzweig, born in Brzesko in […]
At the Ghetto fighters house archive website https://www.gfh.org.il/eng/Archive there is a photo signed as “Szymon Kleinberger and his sister working in the family’s bakery in Brzesko before the war“. Data from Yad Vashem, Arolsen archives and Brzesko vital records allowed to recreate at least part of this family’s history. Naftali Kleinberger, son of Pinkas Kleinberger […]
In 2021, for the first time, the commemorative events “Brzesko: bond of memory” lasted for 2 days. On Saturday, October 2, the new exhibition was opened in the regional museum in Brzesko. Our association donated to the museum new 1929 photos by prof. Schaje Weiss and the metal bottle from Josef Schnur’s restaurant. The curator […]
This is the second part of the testimony of Joseph Polaniecki recorded in march 2021. – Was your family chasidic? – We were orthodox Jews, we were not hasidic. My grandfather had a beard, but my father was emancipated because he was in Germany, they didn’t wear beards. There were many chasidim in Brzesko – […]
In February and March 2021, I participated in several on-line meetings with Joseph Polaniecki. Father of Mr Polaniecki, Abraham Alter Polaniecki, born in Tarnów in 1892, was the son of Jonas Polaniecki and Chaja nee Luftig. He married Freidel (Frieda) Epstein from Brzesko in 1923 and moved to his wife’s home town. Freidel’s parents, merchant […]
On August 13, 2021, Dov Landau shared memories of his bar mitzvah, which took place in Brzesko in the summer of 1941. Bar mitzvah (from Hebrew בר מצוה, “son of the commandment”) is a Jewish religious ceremony which marks a 13-year-old boy’s assumption of religious and legal obgligations under Jewish law. This coming-of-age ritual is […]
That’s what Brzesko looked like after the great fire of 1904. It’s when seeing these pictures, that one can really appreciate the work of the Mayor Henoch Klapholz and the members of the city council who took responsibility for rebuilding the town. Here is how the fire of 1904 was described in the report of […]
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