May 24, 2022

The ESJF visits Wiskitki as part of educational tour around Poland under German funding

The ninth stop on our educational tour around Poland under funding from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) was Wiskitki. The first records of the existence of a Jewish community in Wiskitki date back to the beginning of the 18th century. The Jewish cemetery in Wiskitki however was not established until the beginning of the 19th century. It remained in use until World War II, after which it no longer had a Jewish community to care of it, leading to overgrowth and its deterioration. The ESJF fenced and protected this site in 2016.

The ESJF’s educational event on the importance of preserving Jewish cemeteries was opened by Magdalena Cętkowska, the local Secretary of the City of Wiskitki. After a short lecture by Yulia Oreshina, Associate Professor at the Georgian American University, participants and the representatives of the Mayors’ office visited the Wiskitki Jewish cemetery. The event was also attended by local administration, Miasto i Gmina Wiskitki, and the local library, Miejsko-Gminna Biblioteka Publiczna w Wiskitkach.

We thank you all for participating in our event and for highlighting the importance of Jewish heritage at the local level. We also would like to thank Magdalena Cętkowska, Yulia and Alexandra Fishel in particular for supporting the organisation of this event!

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