On 14 September 2017, the monument commemorating the life and death of the Jewish population of Kałuszyn was unveiled in a public ceremony. The event marks the end of long-standing efforts to materially commemorate the Jewish community, which constituted 70% of all residents of the town prior to the Holocaust. 78 years ago, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the German occupation of the town began, and with it the destruction of the Jewish life in Kałuszyn.
Present at the ceremony were representatives of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage, representatives of the Kałuszyn Landsmannschaft from Israel and the United States, the Ambassador of Israel in Poland, representatives of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, the governor of the Mazowieckie Province, the local parish priest, representatives of local authorities and lower secondary school students.
The monument was erected at the initiative of a descendant of Kałuszyn Jews, Joseph Gellman. Designed by Israeli artist Ken Goldman, it was created with the aid of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage. Joseph Goldman, who funded its construction, cited the words of poet Icchak Kacenelson, who was murdered in Auschwitz – “Who will care to commemorate us?”. The monument standing at the Kałuszyn Jewish cemetery became the answer to this question.