After the translocation the building will be renovated and expanded. As a result the Place of Memory and Reflection ”Beit ha Midrasz” will be created. Itwill be an educational and cultural center led by Society.
„Not for the dead” is a title of the film about the activity of Mr. Bogdan Białek and the Jan Karski Society.
zdjecie_glowneIn 2007, on the commemoration of the 65 the anniversary of the Kielce ghetto extermination and the murder of more than 20 thousand Jews, the Jan Karski Society erected the Menorah Monument financed from the private funds of the Białek Family.

It was made by Marek Cecuła - a worldwide known ceramist from Kielce who was saved from Holocaust and the Pogrom.
Every time I am here I wonder if this Menorah goes down to the ground and is a symbol of death or it goes up as a sign of the renewed life. Thanks to such people like you I am sure that it goes up – said Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich.
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fbThe March of Remembrance and Reconciliation plays the special role in the activity of the Jan Karski Society.

 

It is held each year on the 4 th of July – on the day when the Kielce pogrom is commemorated. The memorial event reminds of the tragic past but also symbolizes reconciliation. The first march organized by the Society took place in 2005, earlier they were a private initiative of Bogdan Białek and Janusz Daszuta.

 

On the 5th of July 2010 the official presentation of the restored monument of the victims of the Kielce pogrom took place. The initiator of the restoration was the Jan Karski Society and it was financed by individual Kielce residents as well as by the members of the Kieltzer Society in Israel and in the United States. In 2011 15 thousand young Israelis visited this place.

282_8262In winter 2006 the's society together with the Polish Episcopal Conference organized the main events of the9 th Polish Day of Judaism.

 

To remind the words of John Paul the second and to engrave themon the plaque is a good way. It is a sign that the ideas of the Pope are being realized. Now Kieltzers can feel proud of their town because it sets a good example of how to cope with difficult problems of history. We have to say clearly that these people who live in this town do not take responsibility for what had happened. Kielce is the first Polish town – since it was allowed to tell the truth - which has found a way out of lies and falsehood – said Professor Władysław Bartoszewski during the ceremony of unveiling the inscription plaque on the house in Planty street, on the 18 th of January 2006.

The 27 th of January is the international holocaust remembrance Day – every year members of the Jan Karski Society meet at the Menorah Monument in order to pay homage to the victims of this cruel crime
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Bogdan Białek

(part of the book "Homo Homini". Publisher Jan Karski Society in Kielce)

 

In the article entitled ”Nasza bardzo wielka wina” [Our Very Great Guilt], which I published in the local edition of “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily (“Gazeta lokalna”, 27-28 May 1995), I wrote, “Let us be frank. For the people of Kielce the pogrom is a very, very difficult subject. There was no talk about it not only because this was the wish of the communist regime, which could be the reason for the many years of silence in schools and the media.

194_9403On 23 April 2005 the ceremony of unveiling the sculpture of Jan Karski, a great Pole and a patriot, took place.

 

In 2005 the Jan Karski's Society erected the Jan karski sculpture in the main street in Kielce, nearby the place where the pogrom took place. It's total cost was covered by private funds and it is gift for the residents of Kielce from the Society.

 

img_3277_2His Excellency Mr. Lee Andrew Feinstein, the United States Ambassadror to Poland, together with Bogdan Białek, August 2011. The monumet is directed towards the place where the pogrom occured. Jan Karski, leanning on his stick, is playing chess, which was his favorite entertainment. Is is so called “Karski’s game”. It is said that nobody has won it so far. One can find the same monuments in Washington, New York, Tel Aviv and Łodź.


Jan Karski’s monument is nowadays an integral part of the kieltzer street.It has not only symbolical and artistic meaning, but it is also a place where Kielce residents like meeting and tourists like being photographed.

konferencja_maleIn Spring 2012, Bogdan Białek, the chairman of Society expressed the initiative of moving Zagajscy Prayer House into neighbourhood of Jewish cemetery. Currently, the House is situated in the courtyard of the tenement building in the city center.  

 

After the translocation the  building will be renovated and expanded. As a result the Place of Memory and Reflection ”Beit ha Midrasz” will be created. Itwill be an educational and cultural center  led by Society. This undertaking  is very expensive, therefore along with New Space Arts Foundation, the current owner of the object, we try to obtain  finances from Norway Funds. 

 

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It was too cold for snow. Everyone was wrapped up tightly but not thinking of the weather.

 

The rabbi, black hat and coat and graying beard, who had come in from another town, was at the centre of the group and very present, a focus for the camera team. But I sensed that maybe he was, and understandably, the most absent. A guest asked back too late by those who had rejected his predecessors. What might he be feeling, apart from the cold?


People of many faiths, and no doubt some whose doubts were stronger than their faith, stood around the Jewish cenotaph in the city of Kielce, Poland, surrounded by the Holy Cross Mountains. Bogdan Blalek, a publisher and activist in Jewish-Christian relations, a Catholic  from  Kielce  born  after  the  war,  had  sponsored  the  Kielce  Menorah,  placed slopingly in the sidewalk and only half-visible. Was it sinking into the ground or rising from it? It is not for the dead, Bogdan said, but for the living.

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