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linia 2005-07-01 Brzeziny

On 1st July 2005 representatives of the Foundation, together with the President of the Jewish Community in Łódź and Mr. Eliezer Zyskind, the President of the Brzeziny Jews Landsmanschaft in Israel, visited the Jewish cemetery in Brzeziny, the area of the former Brzeziny ghetto and the spot where the synagogue used to be. A few years ago the Landsmanschaft commemorated Jewish citizens of the town by funding a memorial plague. Soon afterwards the plague was damaged and covered with anti-Semitic graffiti.
In 1970’s the area of the Jewish cemetery was turned into a sand mine. The locals recall tracks filled with sand mixed with human bones. The sand from the cemetery was used to produce prefabricated building elements. Despite that a part of the cemetery has survived.
The shocking fate of Brzeziny Jews was described by Sara Zyskind in a book entitled “Light in the Valley of Tears”. The Foundation is going to commemorate the Brzeziny Jews in an appropriate way and to complete the fence surrounding the cemetery, which was began 10 years ago by the Landsmanschaft.

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