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.
I would like to share today the story of Henoch Klapholz, who was one of the most outstanding persons in Brzesko history. In December 2020, great-grandson of Henoch, prof. Henry Klapholz, found several old photos, one of which most likely portrays Henoch Klapholz. Henoch Klapholz, son of Jukel and Liebe, was born in Nowy Sącz […]
It will be a long and very touching story about the Berl-Weiss-Gutfreund family of Brzesko and their extraordinary descendant, Lucia Weitzman. Chaim Berl/Gutfreund was born in Brzesko on June 17, 1879 as the second child of Jeruchem Gutfreund and Chaja Berl. At that time, the family lived in a small wooden house # 184 at […]
Here is another story of a large Jewish family who used to live in various cities of Brzesko and Bochnia poviats. Nowy Wiśnicz – now a small town in Bochnia area – has existed since at least the 13th century, and the first documents related to Wiśnicz Jewish community date back to the turn of […]
Not so long ago, Arolsen Archive has made some of its collections available on-line, and today I will share information which made it possible to recreate the history of the Templers, who lived in Brzesko at least from the end of the 18th century and, as it turned out, were related to Kohane-Manheimer family (there […]
Finally I can share with you something absolutely unique – the film by Mateusz Kudła “Dov Landau: my Brzesko”. Mr. Landau turned 92 in August; he is the only living Holocaust survivor from Brzesko. In May and June 2019 we (myself, Mateusz Kudła and cameraman Łukasz Herod) spent good several hours In Brzesko together with […]
On Sunday, October 18, 2020 we unveiled the monument on the grave of a Jewish family murdered during the war in Poręba Spytkowska forest. Due to the general epidemiological situation, we could not organize a major ceremony. But although there were only a handful of us, we did what was the most important: we commemorated […]
The closing ceremony of the 4th edition of “We know your names” project dedicated to commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity, took place in Brzesko on September 29, 2020. The project under the patronage of the Brzesko mayor Tomasz Latocha was co-organized by the Municipal Cultural Center and the Association “Memory […]
Commemorative events “Brzesko: bond of memory” were organized in Brzesko on September 13, 2020. A longer article about it can be read at Mr Marek Kołdras made an excellent short video summarizing these events, and you can see it now with English subtitles.
Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, was celebrated on April 21 in 2020. I went to the Jewish cemetery in Brzesko on that day to light candles by the mass graves. Every spring we start cleaning the cemetery – collect garbage, cut overgrown bushes. However, this year, due to the epidemic, we could not invite people […]
Henoch Klapholz was one of the most distinguished Brzesko Jews, city Mayor in years 1898-1906. It’s due to his efforts, that the city was rebuilt after the great fire of 1904. You can read more about Henoch Klapholz and his family in the article at this website. From the moment we started taking care 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