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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 […]

06.06.2022 | Redaktor
Cleaning the cemetery, 2021

We’ve been regularly taking care of the Jewish cemetery in 2021. Major cleanings took place on May 4, June 2 and June 16. I’m deeply moved to share with you that over 90 students from 3 Brzesko schools joined us in June.   We mowed the grass at the cemetery also in July and August […]

06.04.2022 | Redaktor
01.Short history of Brzesko Jews and Jewish cemeteries

(Based on the book „Jewish cemetery in Brzesko” by Iwona Zawidzka, Brzesko, 2001; used with permission from the author and the publishing house)  It is difficult to determine the time when Jews first settled in Brzesko (Jews called the city Briegel, בריגל). Most probably, they were not here until the end of the fifteenth century, […]

05.04.2022 | Redaktor
02. Mundek and Cyla Strauber

Mundek (Chaim Jakub) Strauber, son of the merchant Israel Ber Strauber and Estera née Bruck, was born on November 3, 1908 in Dolina (now in Ukraine, before the war in the Tarnopol Province in Poland). The family moved to Brzesko, where Mundek attended secondary school in 1920-1927. He was listed in the documents as Chaim […]

04.04.2022 | Redaktor
03. Mass graves

Jews constituted two-thirds of the pre-war inhabitants of Brzesko. World War II meant the end of the Brzesko Jewish community. The Germans started persecuting Jews immediately after they occupied Brzesko on 5 September 1939. They set fire to the main synagogue, and at the end of September, they imposed on Jews a contribution of 40 […]

03.04.2022 | Redaktor
04. Jewish teachers

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children….” (Deut. 6: 6-7) Following this instruction in the Torah, Jews have always taken the education of their children very seriously. Due to this, teachers have played an important role in every Jewish community. Jewish boys from religious families […]