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2015-05-27

They have been waiting for a tombstone for over 70 years

On Tuesday, a tombstone on the grave of about 350 Jews murdered in 1942 was unveiled in Klementowice village near Kurów.

The tombstone was funded thanks to the efforts of the Lasting Memory Foundation. The foundation Chairman, Zbigniew Niziński, has devoted every free moment of his time to search for unmarked graves of the Holocaust victims for years. This time, he managed to commemorate victims murdered by Germans in June 1942 near the railway line in the vicinity of Klementowice. 

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Wioletta Wejman from the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre who participated in the ceremony says: “The Jews were transported to Klementowice from the Warsaw Ghetto to be employed at repairing the railway tracks. The entire group was in a very bad physical condition and the people were unable to work. The majority of them were killed following the selection. Local residents reported that a lot of photographs and documents abandoned by the people waiting to be shot were scattered along the tracks after the execution but nobody was courageous enough to collect them. The names of the murdered people have not been identified until now.”

The ceremony of the unveiling of the tombstone was attended, among others, by the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Poland, Ruth Cohen-Dar, the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, Bishop Mieczysław Cisło, and the leader of the Kurów Community, Stanisław Wójcicki.

Bishop Mieczysław Cisło reminded those present that taking care of this kind of places is a duty of the local community.

Author: Krzysztof Bielawski
Source: own information

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