During the ceremonies, newly designed information boards placed in Jewish cemeteries will be presented for the first time. The matzevah-shaped boards contain both informative text and a modern form of commemoration – a QR code redirecting the user to a page describing broader characteristics of the necropolis contained in the zabytek.pl portal.
This year the ceremonies will take place on the following dates:
- Orla, Podlaskie Province – 23 September 2021, 12 a.m.
- Góra Kalwaria, Mazowieckie Province – 30 September 2021, 12 a.m.
- Brok, Mazowieckie Province – 5 October 2021, 12 a.m.
- Tuszyn, Łódzkie Province – 12 October 2012, 12 a.m.
- Szamotuły, Wielkopolskie Province – 19 October 2021, 12 a.m.
In each town, the ceremony will be accompanied by a rich educational programme addressed to the local community. The programme will acquaint the participants with a different dimension of the history of their towns and expand their knowledge of traditions related to Jewish cemeteries. Primary schools participating in the programme will receive an educational tool called Miasteczko Malki. Muzeum w pudełku (Malka township. Museum in a Box) which they will be free to use in their own activities. It contains replicas of objects and archival photos from the POLIN Museum collection, to be used in an educational board game for pupils in grades 4-6.
The partners for activities in individual localities are: County Public Library in Orla, Cultural Centre in Góra Kalwaria, Public Library in Brok, Municipal Cultural Centre in Tuszyn / Municipal Office in Tuszyn, Stanisław Staszic School Complex no. 2 in Szamotuły and Museum – Górka Family Castle in Szamotuły, in cooperation with local coordinators.
The cemeteries have been commemorated as part of the Marking of Jewish Cemeteries in the Republic of Poland programme implemented by the National Institute of Cultural Heritage from the funds of the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.
The ceremonies and the accompanying programme form part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage programme (Component IV: Neighbours – Witnesses. Objects, People, Stories, Priority 2 Programme of describing and marking selected Jewish cemeteries), made possible thanks to a grant awarded to POLIN Museum by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA and Norway Grants and funds allocated from the national budget. The aim of the project is to protect and popularise the heritage of Polish Jews through educational and cultural programmes. The ceremonies organised as part of the Jewish Cultural Heritage programme will be held in each of the Polish provinces until the end of 2024.
More information about Jewish communities using marked cemeteries in the commemorated towns can be found on the Virtual Shtetl website.