The ESJF education and outreach team continues to travel across Poland. The third stop on the tour of previously fenced sites was the Rzepiennik Strzyżewski Jewish cemetery. According to the sztetl.org.pl database, all jewish buildings were destroyed in the village during the Second World War or soon after, leaving the Jewish cemetery as the only physical testament to the Jewish community that once lived there.
Showing their commitment to commemorating the lost Jewish communities, the event was opened by Szymon Witek, the director of the local cultural centre Gminne Centrum Kultury, Czytelnictwa i Promocji w Rzepienniku Strzyżewskim and was attended by Marek Karaś, local wójt (head of the community). A local history teacher Katarzyna Bąk also gave valuable opening remarks about the Jewish past of the area. After a short lecture by Yulia Oreshina, Associate Professor at the Georgian American University, participants visited the Rzepiennik Strzyżewski Jewish cemetery.
Thank you all for attending our event and demonstrating the importance of your local Jewish heritage. We also would like to thank Szymon Witek, Yulia and Alexandra Fishel in particular for supporting the organisation of this event as well as the Auswärtiges Amt for your generous funding.