Events marking 73rd anniversary of Kielce pogrom begin Wednesday

July 8, 1946. The funeral of victims of the Kielce pogrom. Jerzy Baranowski/PAP

A March of Remembrance and Prayer, as well as lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and meetings with authors are part of the program that will mark the 73rd anniversary of the Kielce pogrom, which took place on July 4, 1946, in the south-central Polish city.

The events are being organized by the Jan Karski Society.

On Wednesday evening, there will be a meeting with historian Marcin Zaremba and publisher Krystyna Bratkowska, who will discuss the book Through the Ruins and Rubble by Mordechai Canin.

On Thursday afternoon, the society invites volunteers to participate in a clean-up at the Jewish cemetery in the Pakosz district of Kielce, where the graves of the victims of the pogrom are located.

The most important films about the Kielce pogrom will be screened at the society's headquarters from Thursday to Sunday.

On Monday, the society will open a permanent exhibition devoted to another pogrom of Jews in Kielce, which took place on November 11, 1918, during which four people were killed and another 200 were injured.

The main event to mark the commemoration will be the March of Remembrance and Prayer, which will take place on July 4. The march will begin at the Menorah Monument, where speeches will be given. Afterwards, participants will pass before the former synagogue building, where the Memorial of the Righteous Among the Nations is located.

Another stop is planned at the tenement house at Planty, where the pogrom took place. Next, the participants will proceed to the Jewish cemetery in the Pakosz district of the city, where an inter-religious prayer service will take place at the graves of the victims of the pogrom.

According to the findings of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), 37 Jews were killed during the pogrom (35 were injured), as were three Poles. On that day, other incidents also took place in Kielce and its vicinity in which citizens of Jewish heritage were victims.