The tenth stop on the ESJF’s educational tour around Poland under funding from the Auswärtiges Amt was Błonie, where the first records of the existence of the Jewish community date back to the 15th century.
It was an honour to conduct the educational event at the local museum, Muzeum Ziemi Błońskiej, which contains an exhibit on the town’s Jewish history. The event was opened by Wiesława Wideryńska, the Museum’s director, who shared recently discovered photos of the town’s pre-war Jewish community.
After a short lecture by Yulia Oreshina, Associate Professor at the Georgian American University, participants visited the Błonie Jewish cemetery, where they discovered gravestones, which were previously hidden due to overgrowth. Now due to local preservation efforts they were visible, allowing the group to use their newly acquired knowledge on deciphering Jewish epitaphs. The event was also attended by Przemysław Kubicki, the town’s Secretary. At the end of the visit to the cemetery, Dorota Berlińska, the local leader for Polish-Jewish dialogue, lit a candle to commemorate the town’s Jewish community.
Thank you to all who attended and for demonstrating the importance of local Jewish heritage. We also would like to thank Dorota Berlińska, Wiesława Wideryńska, Yulia and Alexandra Fishel in particular for supporting the organisation of this event!