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linia 2012-03-19 WYSOKIE MAZOWIECKIE

We are very sorry to inform you that during the night between March 18th and 19th, 2012 the Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie has been devastated by unknown perpetrators. Nazi symbols and slogans were painted over the cemetery gate, memorial to the Jewish community and remaining tombstones. The case is being investigated by the local police.  

We are shocked by the fact that the attack was directed against the resting place of the deceased citizens of Wysokie, neither not able to defend themselves, nor to be defended by their successors, brutally murdered during the World War II.  

Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland, along with the Holocaust survivors, their families and friend has renovated the Jewish cemetery in Wysokie Mazowieckie in 2006. During the years that followed the cemetery was regularly maintained in cooperation with local authorities and citizens, among them teachers and students participating in our “To Bring Memory Back” educational program. Every year people of good faith – inhabitants of Wysokie – commemorated their Jewish neighbors by lighting candles on their graves on the 1st of November.

We are sure that whoever the perpetrators are, they did not witness numerous common actions, carried out in cooperation with the inhabitants and authorities of Wysokie. Those action significantly abetted Polish-Jewish relations and became an example of reconciliation and good cooperation in Poland on both national and international scale.

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