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linia 2021-06-21 Coalition of Guardians of Jewish cemeteries in Bieszczady and Low Beskids

On  17 and 18 June 2021, representative of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ) visited Jewish cemeteries in the Bieszczady Mountains and the Low Beskids Region, in: Nowy Żmigród, Dukla, Wola Michowa, Lesko and Dynów. During meetings with local volunteers (Jerzy Dębiec, Jacek Koszczan, Dr. Joanna Potaczek, Artur Górecki, Rabbi Pinchas Pomp and Sara Społowicz participating in the Coalition of Jewish Guardians information was exchanged about the activities of individuals and institutions, who are active in commemorating the fate of Jewish communities, their history, the culture as well as tragedy of the the Holocaust victims. During a meeting at a site of a mass grave in the village of Hałbów, on the route from Nowy Żmigródu to Krempna, Mr. Zdzisław Senczek, president of the Association of Christian Community in Nowy Żmigród presented information on commemoration of this victims of mass murder, which were committed by Nazi criminals.

Subsequent meetings with the mayor of Nowy Żmigrodu, Mr. Grzegorz Bara and the mayor of Dukla, Mr. Andrzej Bytnar, confirmed the openness of local authorities to cooperation with FODZ in order to preserve the memory of the Jewish communities that once lived in these towns and their surroundings.

We take this opportunity to express our deep appreciation and warm thanks to Dr. Joanna Potaczek, Director of the Center for Dialogue between Religions and Peoples, the leader of dialogue, and Artur Górecki, who take care of the cemetery in Wola Michowa; Jerzy Dębc, director of the Museum in Nowy Żmigród and leader of dialogue, taking care of the cemetery in Nowy Żmigród; Jacek Koszczan, president of the Association for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage of the Dukla Land and a leader of dialogue, who takes care of the cemeteries in Dukla; Paweł Kinala, a volunteer who works in the cemetery in Lesko, and Rabbi Pinchas Pomp and Sarah Społowicz, who take care of the cemetery in Dynów, as well as Zdzisław Senczek, president of the Association of Christian Community in Nowy Żmigród. We also thank the local authorities of Nowy Żmigródu and Dukla for their commitment to a lasting commemoration of Jewish communities.   

We also thank the Prison Department in Łupków for organizing clean-up and mowing of the cemetery in Wola Michowa, and the Municipality of Komańcza for making a sidewalk leading to the bridge and directional signs indicating the access to this cemetery.

We would like to thank all those who have contributed in recent years to the maintenance of the aforementioned cemeteries and memory of the Jewish communities that once inhabited the aforementioned towns and their surroundings. 



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