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Our World Society Wins Cultural Patron Award
26th August 2017
(Story courtesy Janusz Jadczyk, pics courtesy Leszek Pilichowski)
Each year, on the 26th August city holiday, the opportunity is taken to recognise those whose activities
have made a significant impact in enriching the cultural potential of Częstochowa, and who have
contributed to the city's positive image.
In 2017 the "Patron of Culture" award has been conferred upon us
- the World Society of Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendants.
The award was presented to our President, Sigmund Rolat, by Częstochowa Mayor Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk and
City Council Chairman Zdzisław Wolski. Our World Society was nominated for the award by the Częstochowa
Municipal Museum, with the support of the Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic.
In accepting the award, Sigmund Rolat was acknowledged as a friend and Honorary Citizen of Częstochowa who, through
the World Society, had supported, organisationally and financially, cultural events in the city, thereby raising the
artistic value of these projects and events.
As well as the World Society, six other organisations and companies had been nominated for the 2017 award.
Częstochowa Remembers Our Dear Halina Wasilewicz z"l
25th May 2017
(Pics courtesy Piotr Kowalik)
The new Jewish Museum of Częstochowa was the venue for an event dedicated to remembering and
celebrating the life of long-time Chairperson of the Częstochowa branch of
the TSKŻ, Halina Wasilewicz z"l.
Under the patronage of Częstochowa Mayor Krzysztof Matyjaszczyk and Chairman of
TSKŻ Poland Artur Hofman, the event entitled "Chaya Ita Yiddishe Mama" was MC'ed by
Halina's long-time friend Tadeusz Piersiak, Director of the "Gaude Mater" cultural centre.
The program included a screening of a film about Halina, the unveiling of a portrait of
Halina painted by Alicja Desperak of the Jacek Malczewski Graphic Arts High School, a recital
by the group "Give Me Sound" and time for several people to reminisce about their memories of
our wonderful Halina. Following the formal part of the programme, attendees were able to visit
the exhibition surrounding them, "The Jews of Częstochowa".
The event, attended by Halina's son, Kuba Wasilewicz, was organised by Krzysztof Jonasz Fydryszek
and his Częstochowa TSKŻ committee, with the support of the AJDC (Joint), Grzegorz Meisel
Sweets Manufacturer, Gazeta Wyborcza and the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Academic Conference on the Jewish History of the Częstochowa Region
28th March 2017
(Pics courtesy Alon Goldman. Video courtesy Telewizja Orion.)
The Jewish Museum of Częstochowa was the venue for an academic conference on the history of the Jewish
community in the Częstochowa region. It was co-organised by the Jan Długosz Academy, the Częstochowa
Municipal Museum, the city's Municipal Archives and the Częstochowa branch of the Social-Cultural Association of
Jews in Poland (TSKŻ).
The delivery of papers was preceded with a viewing of the Jewish Museum's exhibition, following by one minute's silence
in memory of Halina Wasilewicz z"l, the long-time Chairperson of the TSKŻ.
Papers delivered at the conference will appear HERE,
in both Polish and English, as they are received and then translated.
Click HERE to see how local
television station TV Orion covered the event.
Purim Celebrations at the Częstochowa TSKŻ
11th March 2017
(Source: Krzysztof Jonasz Fydryszek)
Częstochowa's TSKŻ celebrated Purim in fine style
with a family event featuring fancy dress, games, songs and
lots of fun for all.
For those of us around the world, who could not be there to
share the joy, it was particularly great to see this event
take place, knowing that the TSKŻ in Częstochowa
and that the spirit of Halina Wasilewicz z"l live on.
Thank you to everyone who organised this. As a joyful
event, it also celebrated the legacy left by a wonderful lady.
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.