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Próchenki – July 25, 2017

In Próchenki the Lasting Memory Foundation commemorated the place of execution and burial of 8 Jews, men and women, murdered in 1943. The ceremony next to the Victims’ grave was attended by local residents, clergy, authorities and a group of 43 people from Israel. The participants paid tribute to the victims through prayers, poems and songs.

The ceremony was attended by the Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich, Catholic Bishop Mieczysław Cisło, Mayor of Olszanka Commune Jan Parol, Deputy Starost of Łosice District Bożena Niedzielak, Catholic and Baptist clergy, Principal of a school complex in Olszanka with the students, a group from Israel and the residents of Próchenki and vicinity. The ceremony was conducted by the President of the Lasting Memory Foundation Zbigniew Niziński. He read the letter of Wojciech Kolarski, the Undersecretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of Poland, addressed to the ceremony participants. Zbigniew Niziński also told the story of the events of 1943. About a dozen of Jews were hiding in a forest in Próchenki in dugouts that they had built themselves. They were killed by German soldiers during a manhunt.
After the prayers and words spoken by the clergy, a Holocaust Survivor Felicja Weiss from Israel gave a speech. Towards the end of the ceremony, the students of the school complex in Olszanka performed poignant lines of poetry, whereas the visitors from Israel sang their national anthem Hatikvah. The Lasting Memory Foundation also set up a symbolic Memorial in Próchenki to honor 6 Jews murdered by the Germans in the same manhunt and then buried in an unknown location near the forest.
The actions of the Foundation were supported by Harley Lippman and Olszanka Commune Office.

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