Jewish residents of southern Poland to be commemorated

As part of the project entitled People not Numbers, Jewish residents of Czarny Dunajec, southern Poland, and other localities who were murdered during WWII, will be commemorated with a monument inscribed with their names.

The initiative for the memorial came from Polish Olympic canoeist Dariusz Popiela, current European runner-up and Polish champion in his discipline, who works for the Sadecki Sztetl organisation which commemorates the legacy of Jews in the region.

Last year, Popiela was distinguished with the POLIN 2017 award given by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews for initiating and coordinating the construction of a Memorial of Remembrance of Polish Jews in Koscienko on the Dunajec, southern Poland. Popiela allocated money from the award for the People not Numbers initiative.

Under the initiative, a memorial to 1,774 Holocaust victims was unveiled in November at the Jewish cemetery in Grybowo, southern Poland.

"As part of the project, we will strive to locate the graves and properly commemorate the victims by unveiling the memorial to them. We plan to construct a fence around the cemetery and clean the entire area" representatives of the organisation said.

The work will include the participation of local residents, authorities and schools.