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

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 […]

24.07.2022 | Redaktor
We were not alone in this land. Let us remember those who are gone… The history of the Zakliczyn ghetto and the fate of Jews who ended up there.

Author: Emilia Dudek, Brzesko grade school # 2 Distinction in the 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity”. Life before the war Until the end of the 19th century, the Jewish settlement in Zakliczyn could be described as insignificant – in 1880, 1253 […]

23.07.2022 | Redaktor
Tomasz and Maria Biel

Authors: Karolina Korwin, Hanna Pajor; Wojakowa grade school. The main prize in the 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity”. “We lived through really evil times. Fortunately, they didn’t find any refugees who would have been murdered,” – Maria Biel A few words […]

23.07.2022 | Redaktor
Stefania and Tadeusz Zapiór

Authors: Martyna Bodek, Anna Maciaś, Sabina Jaworska; Wojakowa grade school. The main prize in the 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity”. “Man was created for man, so that man can help man.” St. Ambrose The commune of Iwkowa flooded with sun, covered […]

23.07.2022 | Redaktor
The story of Regina Riegelhaupt-Kempinska’s life and survival

Authors: Maria Prusak, Karolina Szewczyk; Wojakowa grade school. The main prize in the 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity”. Holocaust, Shoah –  these words have similar meanings and sound equally ominous. The consistently implemented plan to exterminate the entire population became a […]

06.06.2022 | Redaktor
Project „We know your names”, V edition, 2021/22

The 5th edition of the project “We know your names. Commemoration of the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko and vicinity ” took place in the school year 2021/22. The competition under the honorary patronage of the mayor of Brzesko Tomasz Latocha, was co-organized by the association “Memory and dialogue. Common history” and the Municipal Cultural […]

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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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