Projects

Projects of the Association embrace various areas connected to common Polish-Jewish history of Brzesko and vicinity. We are involved not only in commemoration of the past of our region, but also in Polish-Jewish dialogue; we cooperate with Jewish families of Brzesko origin in various countries, with Kraków Jewish community, schools and universities in USA and Israel.

1 Brzesko: bond of memory

Annual Marches of Remembrance commemorating liquidation of Brzesko ghetto have been organized since 2015 , and in 2019 there have been added accompanying events so that to commemorate not only tragic death, but also life of Brzesko Jews. These events...

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2 History of Jews from Brzesko and vicinity

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, but they certainly lived in the city in...

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3 Jewish families

We want to save from  oblivion  the history of Jewish families who used to live in Brzesko and neighbouring villages. If you have information about such families, please contact us.

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4 Information boards at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery

Information boards erected in 2022 provide data on some of the people buried in the cemetery - those who lived in Brzesko in the 19th and early 20th century, including those who were murdered in the Holocaust.

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5 Cleaning the Brzesko Jewish cemetery

In spring 2015 we’ve started taking care of the new Jewish cemetery located at Czarnowiejska street: as a group of volunteers, often with the help of  students from 2 local schools, we regularly cut bushes and self-seeding trees, mow grass...

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6 Documentation of the Jewish cemetery

In years 2017-2018 we raised enough money to pay for the work of the Foundation for Documentation of Jewish Cemeteries at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery. This work started in May 2018 and was completed by autumn 2019. Basic information on...

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7 Brzesko in old photos and postcards

We collect old pictures and postcards portraying the pre-war life in the city.

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8 Testimonies of Holocaust witnesses

We collect testimonies of older people who remember the time of the second world war.

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9 Righteous Poles from Brzesko and vicinity

We gratefully remember those people who - while risking not only their own lives, but also the lives of their families; fearing not only the Germans but also their neighbours - rescued Jews during the war. We collect information about...

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10 Project for high school students „We know your names”

Annual project „We know your names” has been organized since 2017 in cooperation with the city culture center and  Brzesko Mayor. Within this project high school students are supposed to recreate history od Jewish families which used to live in...

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11 Photo competition „Traces of memory”

Photo competition for high school students and adults organized in 2022 to commemorate the traces of Jewish presence in Brzesko and vicinity.

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12 Documentary „Dov Landau: my Brzesko”

Former Brzesko resident, Holocaust survivor Dov Landau shares the stories of his childhood while walking along the streets of his hometown.

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13 Exhibition in Brzesko regional museum

Permanent exhibition dedicated to the pre-war Jewish community of Brzesko was opened in the regional museum in 2017. In 2019 we managed to get new materials which were added to the exhibition.

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14 Commemoration of the grave of a murdered Jewish family

We want to commemorate the grave of a Jewish family shot in 1944 in the forest not far from Brzeźnica village. Project co-financed by the Forum for Dialogue.

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15 Cooperation with UNC Charlotte and Queens university of Charlotte, USA

US students have been coming to Brzesko since 2018 so that to join local high school students and Brzesko residents in cleaning the Jewish cemetery.

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16 Dov Landau meets Brzesko residents

Starting from 2015 we have been organizing regular meetings of Holocaust survivor from Brzesko Dov Landau with local residents, school students and groups of young people visiting Brzesko.

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17 Cooperation with Jewish families of Brzesko origin

We’ve been supporting Jewish families of Brzesko origin in their genealogical search in various Polish archives. We are also happy to accompany families when they visit the town of their ancestors.

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19 Commemoration of the mass grave at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery, 2018

In autumn 2018, the new monument at the huge mass grave  at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery was unveiled.

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20 Commemoration of the mass grave at the Jewish cemetery, 2017

In 2017, Aleksander Schwarz from the Rabbinical Commission for Jewish Cemeteries in Poland located 2 mass graves of Holocaust victims at the Brzesko Jewish cemetery. The first grave was commemorated with a proper monument in autumn 2017.

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