The important exhibition entitled “The Jews of Częstochowa: Coexistence-Holocaust-Memory”, is currently touring the United States and will be in Detroit, Michigan during our World Federation Conference. We plan to go to the Holocaust Memorial Center to see the exhibit and attend a special panel discussion on Monday afternoon August 28, 2006. Please make your travel plans so you may join us. There will be a special panel discussion with the main people involved in putting together the exhibit, including Child Survivors Sigmund Rolat and Elizabeth Mundlak.

Częstochowa, the most sacred Roman Catholic city in Poland, and home of the Black Madonna, has for centuries been a pilgrimage site for millions of Catholics. Before World War II, about a third of the population were Jews (almost 40,000). After the Germans invaded Poland in September 1939, they first confined the Jews to a ghetto and then deported them to the Treblinka death camp. Some 6,000 survived in HASAG, a forced labor camp on the outskirts of the city. Today, there are fewer than 100 Jews in the city.

“The Jews of Częstochowa” is an award-winning show, which first opened in Częstochowa, Poland, in 2004 and then moved to the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. It was visited by tens of thousands of Polish and foreign visitors. This exhibition motivated an elite Czestochowa school of fine arts to conceive a program entitled “Inspired by Jewish Culture” which, in September 2005, was incorporated into the curriculum of all fine arts schools in Poland.

The North American tour of “The Jews of Częstochowa” began in 2005 in New York City, where the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland hosted the exhibit to rave reviews. From New York City, the exhibit moved to Washington, DC and has recently been on view at the Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

The next location will be the new Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit, Michigan, July 16 to August 29th, 2006. Then the exhibit will go to San Francisco, Toronto, and the Houston Holocaust Museum.

Please make your travel plans so you can join us on this important museum trip on Monday afternoon, August 28, 2006.