On 5 October 2021, a ceremony was held at the Jewish cemetery in Brok to present the new commemoration. The event, initiated by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, was organised by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the National Heritage Institute with the support of the local partner - the Public Library in Brok. The ceremony was hosted by Ewa Młynarczuk - director of the Brok Public Library.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by the Mayor of Brok Commune Marek Młyński, the Vice-Mayor of Ostrów Wielkopolski District Józef Rostkowski, the Head of the Regional Office for Monuments Protection in Ostrołęka Małgorzata Balcerzak, the Director of the National Heritage Institute Bartosz Skaldawski, the Deputy Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Jolanta Gumula, the Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage Piotr Puchta, and the rabbi of the Jewish Religious Community in Warsaw Icchak Rapoport, who concluded the ceremony with a prayer. Among the guests were also persons necessary for the local social life: prelate Jarosław Hrynaszkiewicz - parish priest of St Andrew the Apostle in Brok, Dr Zofia Gerlach and Dr Wiesław Różycki-Gerlach.

Also present were pupils from the primary schools in Brok, who had taken part in educational workshops organised by the POLIN Museum a week before the ceremony. Their extensive presence gave the ceremony an unusual atmosphere.

After the official part, the attendees commemorated the Jews of Brok by placing stones on the matzevot and lighting candles under the cemetery markers.

The ceremony was realised within the framework of the programme “Jewish Cultural Heritage” (Component IV Neighbours: objects, people, stories, Priority 2: Description and Marking Programme of Selected Jewish Cemeteries), made possible thanks to a grant awarded to the POLIN Museum by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Fund and the national budget.

The cemeteries have been commemorated as part of the “Marking of Jewish Cemeteries in the Republic of Poland” programme carried out by the National Heritage Institute and financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

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