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Błażek – May 30, 2023

In the village of Błażek, The Lasting Memory Foundation commemorated the place of execution and burial of 12 Jews, including 9 children, murdered in 1942. The ceremony of unveiling a memorial plaque, held by the Foundation, was attended by residents, local students, authorities and guests from Poland and Israel.

In October 1942, a unit of German soldiers arrived in Błażek. During a manhunt they captured 12 hiding Jews, including 9 children aged 4-12, all of whom were the residents of Błażek. The Germans forced them to gather on fields surrounding the village and there executed them by shots to the back of their heads. Under the Germans’ command, the residents of Błażek buried the victims on the execution site.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by: Ambassador of Israel to Poland Yacov Livne, representative of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Jakub Beczek, Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich, local authorities and clergy, representative of the Polish Episcopate – Bishop Mieczysław Cisło, students from a local school, a group of 5 visitors from Israel as well as the residents of Błażek and the vicinity. The ceremony was led by the Foundation’s president Zbigniew Niziński. The Victims were honored by memorial speeches, prayers and artistic performance by the students.




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