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.

„Listy z getta” (Letters from ghetto)


(Kielce, 2007)


„Listy z getta” (Letters from ghetto) – contains tens of miraculously saved postcards, letters and photographies.The author of the majority of the letters, Hanka Goldszajd, her mother Rywka, father Jakub and her brother Chaim did not survive the Shoah.


They were deported from the Kielce ghetto and murdered in Treblinka. The publication of the book was connected with unveiling the Menorah Monument.   READ MORE


„Na rozkaz serca” (At the heart’s command)


(Kielce, 2005)


„Na rozkaz serca” (At the heart’s command) – this book consists of the memories of the ordinary people who found themselves in uncommon situations, Henryk and Zbigniewa Pawelec. Henryk Pawelec, pseudonym Andrzej, is one of the last living veterans of the Second World War. He began his military service on the 1 st of September 1939 and it lasted till the end of occupation. Then he fought with Bolsheviks.



img_37031Jan Karski (24 April 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Polish World War II resistance movement fighter and later professor at Georgetown University. In 1942 and 1943 Karski reported to the Polish government in exile and the Western Allies on the situation in German-occupied Poland, especially the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the secretive German extermination camps.


Jan Karski was born as Jan Kozielewski on 24 April 1914 in Łódź. He was raised a Catholic and remained one throughout his life. He grew up in a multi-cultural neighbourhood where the majority of the population was then Jewish.

After graduating from a local school Kozielewski joined the Jan Kazimierz University of Lwów (now Lviv, Ukraine) and graduated from the Legal and Diplomatic departments in 1935. During his compulsory military training he served in the NCO school for mounted artillery officers in Włodzimierz Wołyński. He completed his education between 1936 and 1938 in different diplomatic posts in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and went on to join the Diplomatic Service. After a short period of resident scholarship, in January 1939 he started work in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


With the outbreak of World War II Kozielewski was mobilized and served in a small artillery detachment in eastern Poland. Taken prisoner by the Red Army, he successfully concealed his true rank by pretending to be an ordinary soldier and was handed over to the Germans during an exchange of Polish prisoners of war, in effect escaping the Katyn massacre.



The Jan Karski Society - Institute for the Culture of Encounter and Dialogue


25-508, Planty 7 Street, Kielce, Poland  

Phone: (+48 or 0048) 41 201 02 38

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Bogdan Białek: Chairman of the Jan Karski Society
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Account number:

Deutsche Bank Polska S.A.


PL28 1910 1048 2116 2981 3042 0001

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Information for those who want to visit Kielce Jewish cemetery:


The Jewish Cementery is under the exclusive care of the Jan Karski Society in Kielce. The order is kept by volunteers, among them students of Słowacki High School and Technical Construction College in Kielce. All planned works (maintenance and cleaning works) should be consulted with Mr Bogdan Białek, the representative of the Jewish Community in Katowice, responsible for the Jewish Cementery in Kielce (phone 0048 41 343 28 40).


The key to the main gate of the cemetery could be received from Michał, phone number 783 084 183, and Dorota, phone number 782 793 183.


A tour guide recommended by the Jan Karski Society for tours of the cemetery and Kielce sites of remembrance related to the history of Kielce Jews is Monika Łesyszak (tel. 668-201-759). The tour guide speaks English and German.


Any donations for cemetery maintenance (cleaning works, green maintenance etc.) would be most appreciated. Please direct your funds to the bank account stated above.


We are very sorry but the Jan Karski Society is not able to mediate in the genealogy research. If you wish to discover your family history please contact directly the Registry Office as well as the State Archive in Kielce. Thank you in advance.

Registry Office in Kielce:

Rynek 1
25-303 Kielce
tel. 41 36 76 033, 41 36 76 036

State Archive in Kielce:
ul. J. Kusocińskiego 57
25-045 Kielce
tel. 41 260 53 11; 41 260 53 17, e- mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.















The Jan Karski Society was founded in March 2005. Its main aim is to act for popularization of openness and respect for people and groups different in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or culture; to ounteract any forms of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism or other behaviors which humiliate human beings; to act for saving Polish national heritage – monitoring and condemning all acts of its violation.


b.b.1_maleThe Chairman of the Jan Karski Society is Bogdan Białek, who is also a publisher and editor-in-chief of the psychological magazine „Charaktery”. He received many awards for his social activity, for instance Professor Łukasz Hirszowicz Award, Stanisław Musiał SJ Award, as well as Polcul Foundation Award.


Bogdan Białek is also a honorary member of the Kieltzer Society in New York. the_kieltzer_society_male



















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