Częstochowa Commemorates Beginning of Ghetto Liquidation

September 22, 2023
Source: Text – Alon Goldman, Photographs – Krzysztof Straus and Malgorzata Kaim

A large crowd attended the ceremony, commemorating the 81st anniversary of the liquidation of the Częstochowa Jewish Ghetto, held in front of the Jewish memorial monument on Samuel Willenberg Square.

This is the place from where trains departed, transporting 40,000 Jews from Częstochowa to their deaths in Treblinka extermination camp.

The Częstochowa City Council was represented by Deputy Mayor, Dr. Ryszard Stefaniak, the Deputy Chairman of the City Council (pic below, right) and the Mayor’s Advisor for Jewish Community Affairs, Dr. Jolanta Urbanska.

The ceremony was organised and moderated by the Chair of the Częstochowa branch of the TSKŻ (Jewish Social-Cultural Association), Izabela Sobańska-Klekowska (pic below, left).

The ceremony also attended by representatives from several Częstochowa schools and of the Straż Miejska (Municipal Guard). Students from the Częstochowa Juliusz Słowacki Liceum Ogólnokształcące performed musical items.

At the conclusion of the formal proceedings, wreaths were laid at the foot of the monument.

Click above link to view how Częstochowa’s Orion TV covered the event.