Home and the Road - the Road and Home

- a picture of the lives of Częstochowa Jews in 1945-2020

Dom i Droga – Droga i Dom, published in 2020, is the first synthetic work presenting an important and, at the same time, difficult research issue concerning the Jewish community in Częstochowa following World War II.

When Częstochowa was liberated on 17th January 1945, of the almost 30,000 pre-War Częstochowa Jews, 1,215 had survived. Much divided them, but one thing united them – a love for their home city. Their situation, due to the turmoil of history and politics was, for many years, extremely uncertain, especially in the context of the tragedy of the Kielce events in 1946 and, later, in March 1968 and the waves of emigration caused by it.

Against this background, the founding and activity, decades later, of the World Society of Częstochowa Jews and Their Descendants is an extraordinary phenomenon.

The contribution of Sigmund Rolat (a former prisoner in HASAG-Pelcery) is especially significant in the extensive restoration of the old cemetery and the commemoration of the time when Częstochowa Jews were transported to the extermination camp in Treblinka.

The symbols of the HOME (lost as a result of the Holocaust) and the ROAD (forced by the fate of emigration) intertwine, in a distinctive mosaic, overlapping within the subject of this well-written and broadly documented publication.

The authors present a pioneering and a long-awaited, by many, compendium of knowledge about the Jewish community of Częstochowa from 1945 to the present.

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(The numbers in brackets, after each entry, correspond to the appropriate page numbers in the book.)

Introduction (5-10)

Where is Home? (11-27)

To Kill a Jew (28-36)

After the Storm (37-47)

The Eleventh Commandment (48-82)

Rejected and Abandoned (83-94)

Bridges of Reconciliation (95-120)

L’Dor V’Dor – From Generation to Generation (121-138)

Conclusion (139-141)


Cezary Karzimierz Szymański

Cezary is the Director of ORION TV, the local Częstochowa television station.

For many years, he has been a strong and active supporter of our World Society and, through his television station, he has promoted all our Reunions, ongoing local Jewish community events and the Jewish community itself.

Jakub Szymański

Jakub is Cezary Szymański’s son and a practising lawyer in Częstochowa.

Since his teenage years, Jakub has taken an active interest in the Jewish history and legacy of his home city.

English translation:

Andrew Rajcher


While this English translation is available for download, it may not, either in part or as a whole, be distributed or published without the prior written permission of Muzeum Częstochowskie and Andrew Rajcher, this English-language version copyright-holders.