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Israeli Częstochowa Landsleit Memorial Evening
5th December 2016
(Source: Alon Goldman)
Around eighty First, Second and Third Generation attended the
Israeli Częstochowa Association's Annual Memorial Evening,
in memory of Częstochowa Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
The MC for the event was actor and Third Generation, Gil Natanson.
Kaddish was recited by First Generation Eliezer Kirshenbaum
(Lolek), while El Male Rachamim and Tehilim were
recited by Second Generation Cantor Joseph Greenfeld.
Association Chairman and World Society Vice-President, Alon Goldman (pic left),
told the audience of the past year's activities aimed at preserving
Częstochowa Jewish heritage. These included:
* the completion of the mapping by the Gidonim of the Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery.
Orit Noyman, Director of Yad Vashem's "Picking Up the Pieces" project then spoke about
exhibits which had come from Częstochowa. Yiddish language expert, Dr. Mordechai Yushkovsky,
also spoke on "The Role of Yiddish in Jewish Culture in the 21st century".
* the opening of the Częstochowa Jewish Museum and the Fifth Reunion
of the World Society of Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendants, which
took place in Częstochowa last September and which was attended by
landsleit from around the world, among them sixty five from Israel.
* the renovation and cleaning the mass graves in the Cemetery.
* the installation a memorial plaque at the basement of Stary Rynek 24.
* the activity of local Częstochowa high school students in preservating and documenting
the Jewish heritage of their city.
* the meetings between high school students from Israel with Polish high school students.
Israeli Students Return to Restore and Record Jewish Graves
(Sources Alon Goldman and Virtual Shtetl per Krzysztof Bielawski)
Once again, this year, the 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. This year, they were
joined by Polish high school students associated with the Ghetto: a Częstochowa Legacy project.
Working side by side, the students' hard work again concentrated on revealing and
documenting tombstones and headstones which were devastated by the Nazis during World War II.
Our World Society Vice-President, Alon Goldman, had a surprise for one of the Gidonim students -
Yiftach Eitan. After a quick search of the archives, Alon presented him with a copy of the birth certificate
of his Częstochowa grandmother, Gutka Cieciora, together with photographs of original entries in the
Registry books of births, deaths and marriages.
Later, Yiftach was in for yet another surprise when he would actully get to see the house where his
Częstochowa grandmother had once lived.
The group also met with the World Society's great friend Krzysztof Straus (second from left - pic right),
who has done so much, over many years, to help preserve the city's Jewish heritage and who, over recent
years has done much to help the Gidonim Project. For his devoted work, Dina Wiener presented him with a
special photo collage of pictures of the Gidonim's work in the Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery.
After several days of hard work, Alon led the Gidonim on a tour of what once was Jewish Częstochowa.
They visited the Umschlaplatz, the bunker at Stary Rynek 24, the mass grave on ul.Kawia, the HASAG slave labour
camp site, the Umsclagplatz and the Częstochowa Philharmonic where once stood the New Synagogue and
where Atir Kahan performed a short concert
On behalf of all landsleit, AGAIN we say "thank you" to the Gidonim and to all those
who help aid their efforts in preserving and documenting what to all of us is sacred ground.
World Society Vice-President Talks to Częstochowa Students
(Source: Alon Goldman)
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 took the opportunity to speak to them about the way his parents, from Pajęczno and
Częstochowa, had escaped the Holocaust to Tel Aviv, thereby saving their lives. Sadly, the
rest of his family remained in Częstochowa, meeting the fate of other Jews there during the
The above pictures show Alon addressing students of the Juliusz Słowacki Senior High School.
73rd Anniversary of Częstochowa Ghetto Liquidation Commemorated
22nd September 2015
(Pics courtesy City of Częstochowa, video courtesy TV Orion)
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.
The City of Częstochowa was represented by Deputy Mayor Krzysztof Łoziński,
while the Jewish community was represented by TSKŻ President Halina Wasilewicz
and Child Survivor Severyn Szperling.
The ceremony was also attended by many students from Częstochowa schools.
to view TV Orion's coverage of the event.
Professor Jerzy Mizgalski Honoured by Polish and Israeli Governments
21st June 2015
(Story and pics courtesy Alon Goldman)
Professor Dr hab Jerzy Mizgalski was been honoured with the "Laur Pamięci" for his work in preserving
Poland's Jewish heritage and for his efforts in promoting Polish-Jewish dialogue.
The award, conferred by the Israeli Embassy in Poland, in conjunction with the Polish Ministry of Culture and
National Heritage, was presented to Professor Mizgalski on Sunday 21st June at the residence of the Israeli
Ambassador to Poland.
For more than twenty years, Professor Mizgalski has been actively involved in documenting the history and
legacy of Częstochowa's pre-War and post-War Jewish community and, in particular, has been educating
Częstochowa's young people about the Jewish history of their city.
From everyone at the World Society, we say, "A well deserved honour, Jurek, and MAZAL TOV!".
New York City Mayor Declares "Sigmund Rolat Day"
21st June 2015
(Story and pics courtesy jpupdates.com)
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".
"Sigmund Rolat has dedicated his life to this goal – Zakhor, in Hebrew – keeping his
promise to his older brother to never forget all he saw while living through the Holocaust.
This commitment has led Mr. Rolat to become a leader in efforts to preserve Jewish history,
promote tolerance and peace, and to ensure that the atrocities of the Holocaust are never
forgotten. And tonight, I am proud to honour all he has contributed to Jewish heritage,"
Mayor de Blasio told the hundreds of attendees.
"His efforts have rebuilt landmarks in Poland, created exhibits depicting life there before,
during and after the Holocaust and have reunited families separated during the war. His work
spearheading the development of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which
highlights the long history of Jewish life in Poland, is further evidence of Mr. Rolat’s
leadership in preserving both Jewish and Yiddish culture," he added.
"I think that Sigmund has reminded us that all those who sought to defeat this community, and
its culture – and to make it something that was impossible to survive – the last laugh has gone
to those like Sigmund who believe that they can rebuild and restore," de Blasio declared.
Israeli High School Students Visit Częstochowa
15th April 2015
(Story and pics courtesy Alon Goldman)
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. The Israeli students' visit to Częstochowa was at the initiative of Alon
Goldman, Chairman of the Association of Częstochowa Jews in Israel.
Students visited the bunker at Stary Rynek 24. At the site of the former HASAG Pelcery slave labour camp,
they met with Sigmund Rolat, a child survivor of that camp and today President of the World Society of
Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendents.
Their visit concluded with a memorial ceremony at the Umschlagplatz monument, the site
from where Częstochowa Jews were transported to the Treblinka extermination camp.
Our Webmaster Visits Częstochowa Jewish Cemetery
10th November 2014
Taking advantage of the unseasonably mild weather for November in Poland,
our Webmaster, Andrew Rajcher, together with local landsleit
Dr.Marek Opala, visited our Cemetery to check on its condition.
From the photos below, it would appear that the Częstochowa
City Council continues to perform maintenance works.
While the creeper has returned to some places, around 75% of the
Cemetery grounds are now quite accessible. Much of the creeper will
die off when the winter snows set in.
Interestingly, the day of the visit, namely the eve of Polish Independence
Day, was a public holiday for many people. During their visit, Andrew and
Marek noticed quite a number of local young people taking advantage of the day off
to walk around the Cemetery.
According to Andrew Rajcher, "It's actually quite gratifying to see local young
Poles interested in the Cemetery and the long history that goes with it. A couple
of them asked me some interesting questions which indicated that they'd done a
little research on the Jewish history here, before actually visiting the