May 27, 2022

The ESJF visits Narew, Poland for educational event under German funding

The seventh stop on our educational tour around Poland was Narew, where the first records of the existence of the Jewish community date back to the 16th century. After the devastations of World War II, the Jewish cemetery in Narew is the only physical trace of the former presence of Jews in the town.

Showing their commitment to commemorating the lost Jewish communities, the event was opened by Agata Smoktunowicz the director of the local cultural centre Narwiański Ośrodek Kultury. After a short lecture by Yulia Oreshina, Associate Professor at the Georgian American University, participants visited the Narew Jewish cemetery and discussed the possibilities of cleaning it. The event was also attended by Andrzej Pleskowicz, local wójt (head of the community Gmina Narew) who gave a brief afterward to the lecture and showed an old illustration of Narew where the synagogue is visible.

Thank you all for attending our event and demonstrating the importance of your local Jewish heritage. We also would like to thank Agata Smoktunowicz, Yulia and Alexandra Fishel in particular for supporting the organisation of this event as well as the Auswärtiges Amt for your generous funding.

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