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A Biographical Guide to our Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery continues to be prepared, containing a register of identified tombstones, short footnotes about the deceased and some detailed biographies.
If you can supply biographies, details of graves and even pictures of people buried in our cemetery, then the authors want to hear from you!
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We strongly advise arriving in Częstochowa on Sunday 18th September
Program and registration information will be released soon!


Photo courtesy: Krzysztof Bielawski

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of a true hero and legend, Samuel Willenberg, who passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 93.
"Samek", as he was known to many, was the last living survivor of the revolt in Treblinka. Upon his escape, he hid in Warsaw and during the Warsaw Uprising, he fought in the ranks of the Polish Home Army (AK).
His passion was to keep the memory of Treblinka alive and to educate future generations in order to combat racism, antisemitism and intolerance. To this end, he travelled many times, from his home in Israel to Poland, to meet and to lecture to young people who could not help but be inspired by his life story.
His knowledge, smile and infectious laughter will be missed, but he will live on through his sculptures and his book "Revolt in Treblinka".
To his wife Ada, daughter Orit and all his family, we wish you long life and may you know no more sorrow. May his memory be a blessing to us all.


  • World Society Vice-President Talks to Częstochowa Students
         January 2016

  •   During his latest visit to Częstochowa, World Society Vice-President and Israeli Association Chairman, Alon Goldman, met with students from four local high schools.
    Alon spoke about the way his parents had escaped the Holocaust to Tel Aviv, thereby saving their lives.
    Click HERE to read more!

  • Israeli Częstochowa Landsleit Memorial Evening
         2nd November 2015

  •   More than one hundred First, Second and Third Generation attended the Israeli Czestochowa Association's Annual Memorial Evening, marking the 73rd anniversary of the liquidation of Czestochowa's Jewish community. It was even more pleasing to see that, this time, an unusually large number of First Generation attended the event.
    Click HERE for more words & pics!

  • 73rd Anniversary of Częstochowa Ghetto Liquidation
         22nd September 2015

  •   Flowers were laid and candles were lit at Częstochowa's Umschlagplatz monument to mark the seventy third anniversary of the liquidation of the Częstochowa "Big Ghetto", when around 40,000 Jews from Częstochowa and the surrounding area were forcibly sent to the Treblinka death camp.
    Click HERE to read more.

  • Israeli Students Return to Restore and Record Jewish Graves
         August 2015

  •   Once again, this year, Gidonim students from Israel's Reut High School have travelled to Częstochowa to help restore graves at our Jewish Cemetery and to record the details of people buried there.
    Despite all the difficulties posed by the dense vegetation and the state of many of the graves, this year, the Gidonim managed to map around 600 tombstones.
    Click HERE for more.

  • Professor Jerzy Mizgalski Honoured
         21st June 2015

  •   Prof Dr hab Jerzy Mizgalski was been honoured by the Polish and Israeli Governments with the "Laur Pamięci" for his work in preserving Poland's Jewish heritage and for his efforts in promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue.
    The award presentation took place at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to Poland.
    Click HERE to read more!

  • New York City Mayor Declares "Sigmund Rolat Day"
         11th June 2015

  •   NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio honoured our World Society President, Sigmund Rolat, at the annual Jewish Heritage Month reception at the Jewish Heritage Museum, proclaiming June 11th, 2015, in the City of New York, as "Sigmund Rolat Day".
    Click HERE to read more!

  • Israeli High School Students Visit Częstochowa
         15th April 2015

  •   On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, one hundred and twenty five students from Israel's Yarkonim High School visited Częstochowa. There, they met with their Polish counterparts from Częstochowa's Biegański Comprehensive Senior High School and visited sites of Jewish significance.
    Click HERE to read more!

  • Our Webmaster Visits Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery
         10th November 2014

  •   Our Webmaster, Andrew Rajcher, together with local landsleit, Dr Marek Opala, visited our Cemetery. It would appear that the Częstochowa City Council continues to perform maintenance works.
    During their visit, Andrew and Marek noticed a number of local young people taking advantage of the public holiday to walk around the Cemetery.
    Click HERE for more words & pics!


             Irit Amiel, a Holocaust survivor, born in Częstochowa is a prolific poet and writer. She has been nominated twice for the Nike Literary Prize and has been honoured by the City of Częstochowa for her literary achievements
    Click HERE to read her story!

             Halina Wasilewicz is Chairperson of the Częstochowa branch of the TSKŻ, and mother of Kuba. She well known to all who have attended our Reunions. Like the TSKŻ itself, Halina is a true Jewish Częstochowa institution.
    Click HERE to read her story!

             Yaakov (Kuba) Wasilewicz is a Jew, born and bred in Częstochowa. He is well-known to many who have attended our Reunions, being the son of Halina Wasilewicz, Chairperson of the Częstochowa TSKZ.
    Click HERE to read his story!

             Alexander Imich z"l, when he celebrated his 111th birthday this year, officially became the world's oldest male. A Holocaust survivor, born in Częstochowa, Alexander is a witness to what all of us consider "history".
    Click HERE to read his story!


    in Częstochowa, Poland
    2nd-5th October 2012

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    to view the entire photo album for each event.

    Tuesday, 2nd October 2012
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    Tuesday, 2nd October 2012
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    and TV coverage

    Tuesday, 2nd October 2012
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    and TV coverage
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
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    and TV coverage

    Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
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    and TV coverage
    Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
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    and TV coverage

    Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
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    and TV coverage
    Thursday, 4th October 2012
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    and TV coverage

    Thursday, 4th October 2012
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    and TV coverage
    Thursday, 4th October 2012
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    to our President, Sigmund Rolat,
    without whom the Reunion and its activities
    would not have been possible.
    to the Mayor and Council of the
    City of Częstochowa,
    for their assistance with the Reunion's public events.

    World Society Webmaster
    Interviewed on Polish Radio

    While he was in Warsaw, after our Fourth Reunion, our webmaster, Andrew Rajcher, was interviewed by the Kol Polin service of national broadcaster Polskie Radio.

    Andrew was interviewed, in English, by Polskie Radio's
    Hagay Hacohen. To listen to that interview, simply
    click on the link below.


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