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  • Częstochowa Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
         19th April 2018
         (Words courtesy of Alon Goldman, photos courtesy of Fundacja Chrześcijańska Adullam )

  •    Częstochowa marked the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in an event organised by Izabela Sobańska-Klekowska, Chairwoman of the Czestochowa TSKŻ and Tadeusz Piersiak, Director of the Częstochowa Municipal Museum.

    The event began at the Częstochowa Jewish Historical Museum. From there, participants marched to the Częstochowa Umschlagplatz, where representatives of the Częstochowa municipality participated in the laying of floral tributes and the lighting of memorial candles, led by Częstochowa Deputy Mayor Dr.Ryszard Stefaniak, Director of the Częstochowa Museum, Tadeusz Piarszak and Director of the Bronisław Huberman Philharmonic of Częstochowa, Ireneusz Kozera.

    Following the ceremony at the monument, as part of the "Memory Unites Us" campaign, volunteers and students from the Juliusz Słowacki High School went out onto the main streets of the city distributing yellow daffodils and postcards which told the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

  • Israeli Częstochowa Landsleit Memorial Evening
         10th December 2017
         (Source: Alon Goldman)


    Around 100 First and Second Generation landsleit attended the 2017 Annual Commemoration of Częstochowa Jews conducted by the Israeli Częstochowa Jews Association. The event was held at Wolyn House, Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies in Israel.
    This year's commemoration marked the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the "Big Ghetto" in Częstochowa, when some 40,000 Jews were packed into six cattle trains to be transported to their deaths. The trains left Częstochowa for Treblinka between 22nd September and 7th October 1942.

    The MC for the event was Modi Givon. Kaddish was recited by First Generation Eliezer Kirshenbaum (Lolek), while El Male Rachamim and Tehilim were recited by Second Generation Cantor Yossi 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.
    The Memorial evening concluded with a screening of the film "Luck and Good People" which recounts the wartime journey of Holocaust survivor Irena Talmon (née Bogayer). This impossible journey began in Częstochowa, Irena's birthplace, moved to Lwów, returned to the Częstochowa Ghetto and then, from there, to Warsaw. The film also depicts the work of three brave Polish women who risked their lives in order to save the Bogajer family and who were honoured by Yad Vashem with the title of "Righteous Among the Nations"

  • 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 Students Return to Restore and Record Jewish Graves
         August 2016
         (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
         January 2016
         (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 Holocaust.

    The above pictures show Alon addressing students of the Juliusz Słowacki Senior High School.

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