A ceremony marking the construction of a new fence at the Jewish cemetery of Minsk Mazowiecki, near Warsaw, was held on Wednesday. Chairman of the ESJF Advisory Board and former Justice Minister of the State of Israel Dr. Yossi Beilin addressed the moving event. Fellow board member Daniela Beilin also attended. Also addressing the gathering were Chief Rabbi of Poland Rabin Michael Schudrich, Anna Chipczyńska, president of the Jewish community of Warsaw, and Nikola Gilhoff, from the German foreign ministry as well as other diplomatic and local representatives. Local schoolchildren also participated in the moving event.
A joint project of the ESJF and the Jewish Community of Warsaw (Gmina Żydowska w Warszawie), the fence at Minsk Mazowiecki was completed last year, the second joint project between the ESJF and the Warsaw community. We are grateful to Monika Kajalidis from the Warsaw community who organised and chaired this moving event and worked closely with us on this fencing project.
Minsk Mazowiecki was a prominent Jewish community in the Warsaw region before the war. The Nazis installed a ghetto in the town which was liquidated on August 21, 1942 with the Jews sent to Treblinka.