An article in the Forward discusses the resurrection of this small Polish town in Southeast Poland –Chmielnik-- which pre-World War lI had a high Jewish population—reported in the story at 80%. Piotr Krawczyk a local resident took it upon himself to research about the former Jewish population over the past 15 years, and is the “driving force behind a remarkable series of initiatives encompassing education, commemoration, outreach and tourism”. Through his efforts he helped preserve the remnants of Chmeilnik’s devastated Jewish cemeteries and helped with the erection of a Holocaust memorial. Through his efforts he has helped turn the opinions of locals about the former Jewish community. The most ambitious project is the restoration of the former synagogue and the Świętokrzyski Shtetl Education and Museum Center dedicated to Jews and Jewish history in Chmielnik which opened in June, with funding provided by Polish governments- federal and local and the European Union. To read about this go to:
The Jewish Museum opened in June of this year. To learn more about that go to: http://tinyurl.com/l99stkk Original url: http://www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu/ai1ec_event/opening-of-jewish-museum-in-synagogue-at-chmielnik-poland?instance_id=
Thank you to Eden Joachim for alerting us to this interesting article.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee