New fence in Rzepiennik

Working on fence in Jewish cemetery in Rzepiennik Strzyżewski. It is a big project, supported by the posterity of Jews from Rzepiennik. We told about it some months ago. Adam Bartosz and the Committee is an organizer of this activity in Poland.
Fence of Jewish cemetery in Rzepiennik was totaly destroyed after war. It was just some of the base of fence as the remains. Now new fence is growing every day. Photo report was done 26.09.2017.
Fot. przedstawiciel firmy, 2017

New Roma monument in Borzecin

Part of International Roma Caravan of Memory was unveiling of new Monument, commemorated Roma, killed by Germans in 1942 in Borzęcin. 

We unveiled first Roma Monument in Borzęcin forest in 2011 at the place, where 29 Roms was shooted. The author of monument is Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Roma artist from Czarna Góra (Southern Poland). More about this initiative: HERE.
After World War II, people murdered in forest was exhumed to local cemetery. But the area of the grave was reduced by other graves. This year Committee and Comune Borzęcin did the second exhumation to the central place of cemetery. At this place we put the new Monument (Waldemar Ondyczy, Rom, did all of masonry works), which is pedestal and sculpture of Hungarian Roma artist – András Kállai. The sculpture „Gypsy Family” was born some years ago in Czarna Góra, where Roma artists from the whole world meet every year at special artistic open-air meeting, names „Jaw Dikh” (rom. ‚Come, See’). Organizer of event is Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and her Foundation of Art.
Monument „Gypsy Family” was unveiling 28. July 2017.
Hungarian artists: András and his brother Henrik Kállai could come to Poland thanks to Hungarian Institute of Culture in Warsaw.
Project was finansed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Fot. N. Gancarz 2016

Fot. N. Gancarz 2017

Steve Israeler in Tarnów

Mr Steve (Stefan) Israeler came to visit Tarnów on July 04. His family comes from Wadowice and Kęty, later they lived in Kraków. Steve came to Tarnów during World War II as a young boy. He worked as a carter, a carriage driver, when he was about 12 years old. He drove a horse and carriage for the German SS Chief Rommelman and Grunov from the Gestapo. Both extremely cruel men.

We went to Warzywna str., where he lived before the Ghetto in Tarnów, then we saw Jewish Cemetery and PCK str. (it was Zyblikiewicza str. until 70.), where he spent some time also.

Mr Steve was part of one of the last Jewish group left for clean up of the Tarnów ghetto. He said: „I was last Jew in Tarnów”. He lost his entire family – both in Tarnow and in other sites. It was very moving and informative meeting. 

Steve Israeler on Warzywna str. in Tarnów, 2017

Joseph Teitelbaum in Tarnów

One of the inspirers of the founding of the Committee, reb Joseph Teitelbaum, meet with Adam Bartosz and Janusz Bogacz June 27. in Tarnów. Very inspired meeting! See you next time.

In front of the office: Janusz Bogacz, Joseph Teitelbaum, Adam Bartosz, 2017

New Office in open!

26.05.2017 Mr Mayor of Tarnów Roman Ciepiela and other our friends (directors of institutions of culture in Tarnów, lawyers, publishers, artists, teachers, media representatives, members of our Committee etc. etc.) were present at opening ceremonies of the new location of Committee for Protection of Jewish Heritage in Tarnów.
First Adam Bartosz, chairman, had a little speech about a history of Committee, then Mr Mayor welcome us in new office, and special speech had pastoralist of artists environment, who read the fragment of the Book of Numbers with the blessing. Then we went to Pizzeria u Włocha to sit and talk. 
For this moment our adress is a little misleading (we will have own number in a near future) – but this very green colour of building is more readable. So – if you will arrive Tarnów, go Plac Rybny (Fish Square), next to Rynek (Main Square), and look for the thinest and greenest buiding on this square. We are there and waiting for you.
See photos from opening ceremonies.

8.03.2017 – Signing of the Agreement

The official signing of the Agreement on the Renovation of the Jewish
Cemetery in Tarnow was on March 8 at 9.00 in the Tarnow’s
historical Town Hall. The event is organised by the representative of
the funding body, dr hab. Stanislaw Sorys, Deputy Marshal of the
Malopolskie Province. 
We had the pleasure to invite to this event Mr President Roman Ciepiela, Mr Andrzej Szpunar, the director of the Museum in Tarnów and our guests, i.a.: Ms. Rela Bogucka, Ms Carolyn Gammon with her friend Kathrine, Tomasz Grebner and others.

Fot. N. Gancarz 8.03.2017



Jaśliska – cemetery

News in our project „Jaśliska”. Jewish Committee from Tarnów with Pinchas Pomp, rabbi from Dynów and Jacob Schwarz rabbi from NY trying to enclose an area of Jewish cemetery in Jaśliska (Podkarpackie voivodeship). September, 8. was stakeholder meeting in Jaśliska with mayor Adam Dańczak. We hope, that after all perturbations the cemetery will have a fence.
Meeting with mayor Adam Dańczak, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Meeting with mayor Adam Dańczak, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Meeting with mayor Adam Dańczak, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Rabbi Schwarz in Krosno, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Rabbi Schwarz in Krosno, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Rabbi Schwarz in Krosno, phot. Natalia Gancarz

Mezuzah Project – final

Dear Friends! As we wrote in our Jewish activity there are few ways. On of them is education. Last one and a half year we made Mezuzah project, which was big project for different age groups of children, students, youths. And now it’s time to present one of elements: a film by Bernadetta Cich. This film is a kind of summary of that project, but more important in the same time it is a little story of Jewish Tarnów. English subtittles soon.
The Mezuza film is available on e-mezuza.pl web – here.
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Drodzy Przyjaciele! Jak już wspominaliśmy, nasza, komitetowa żydowska działalność kieruje się w rozmaite strony. Jedną z nich jest edukacja. Ostatnie półtora roku realizowaliśmy duży edukacyjny projekt Mezuza, skierowany do rozmaitych grup wiekowych: dzieci, uczniów szkół podstawowych, gimnazjalistów, licealistów. Nadszedł czas, by zaprezentować jeden z elementów projektu – film, który jest podsumowaniem działań, przeprowadzonych w tymże projekcie, ale zarazem stanowi również dobry materiał do nauczania o historii tarnowskich Żydów. Tymczasem wyłącznie w polskiej wersji językowej, wkrótce także z napisami w języku angielskim.
Film Mezuza jest dostępny na stronie projektu: e-mezuza.pl – tutaj.

Adam Bartosz w Zalipiu – FILM

Prezes Komitetu, Adam Bartosz, wziął udział w nagraniu filmu dotyczącego malowanych chat w Zalipiu. Jest to miejsce szczególne na mapie kraju – a nawet świata. Wieś, znana wielu z Państwa, ze swoimi charakterystycznymi, malowanymi w kolorowe, kwiatowe wzory – odrzwiami, framugami okien, ścianami domów, drzwiami, czy nawet budami dla psów. Adam Bartosz jest znawcą tej tematyki i wieloletnim jurorem w konkursie „Malowana Chata”, organizowanym w Zalipiu i wsiach sąsiednich od 1948 r.! Więcej o zalipiańskim malarstwie można przeczytać na stronie Muzeum Okręgowego, w artykule autorstwa Anny i Adama Bartoszów:

Tutaj znajduje się film Kwiaty wyobraźni, o zalipiańskich malarkach z udziałem Adama Bartosza. Film w reżyserii Katarzyny Kotuli i Pauliny Ibek. Polecamy!