May 20, 2022

The eighth stop on the ESJF’s educational tour around Poland funded by the Auswärtiges Amt was the Zaklików Jewish cemetery

The eighth stop on the ESJF’s educational tour around Poland funded by the Auswärtiges Amt was the Zaklików Jewish cemetery. It is thought that Jews first settled in Zaklików in the 16th century.

The event was opened by Anna Krzyżanowska, the director of the local cultural centre Gminny Ośrodek Kultury. Following this, Yulia Oreshina, Associate Professor at the Georgian American University, gave a short lecture on Jewish cemeteries and their importance in relation to Jewish heritage and led a tour around the local cemetery.

The event was not only attended by interested residents but also local historians and the Mayor, Dariusz Toczyski – Burmistrz Zaklikowa, who were all eager to discuss the topic of Jewish cemeteries. One resident shared pictures of the Zaklików Jewish cemetery from the beginning of 1990s when more gravestones were preserved. The image also showed the gravestones which are still in their original places today. The local authorities also presented a book on the local history of Zaklików, which features images of the Jewish cemetery.

We thank you all for attending and showing the importance of preserving Jewish cemeteries and Jewish heritage at the local level. We also would like to thank Anna Krzyżanowska, Yulia and Alexandra Fishel in particular for supporting the organisation of this event.

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