As a result of the widespread public health concerns caused to our community by the coronavirus disease, I regret to inform you of the cancellation of the 77th Commemoration of the destruction of the Kraków Ghetto that was scheduled for Sunday March 15th 2020.
I include a link to current information concerning the coronavirus disease (COVID-19): https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
I appreciate your understanding.
Please keep well.
Per Cracow Memorial Committee
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Here is a video by Kutiman that is about the Cracow Festival of Jewish Culture:
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Here is an article regarding the Galicia Jewish Museum which has published an unknown diary from the occupied Krakow that I thought I should share with you
Written by a young woman - Janka Goldstein, has been kept for many years by friends of her family. Now it's available to readers!
Here is the Facebook link (it is in Polish): https://www.facebook.com/events/566732987073090/
I have attached an extract of the story translated by Google from a Polish web page at http://welcometo.pl/dziennik-janki-goldstein-premiera-ksiazki/ . Please excuse the translation errors! I do not know yet if the book is available in other languages:
Dziennik Janki Goldstein - the premiere of the book
, a book published by the Jewish Galicia Museum thanks to the financial support of the City of Krakow, is a hitherto unknown testimony from the occupied Krakow. The release of in autumn 2018 coincides with the 76th anniversary of the October deportations from the Krakow ghetto to the extermination camp in Bełżec. This book reminds of the tragic fate of one of the many Krakow families whose members died during the Holocaust.
The author of the journal, Janina Bronisława Goldstein (1920-1945) was the daughter of Julian Goldstein, an activist of the Szomer Umonim Association of Jewish Craftsmen, editor-in-chief of "Rękodzieło i Przemysł" published by this Association and the owner of the Artistic-Slusarski Department, which was located in the buildings at ul. Dajwór currently being the headquarters of the Galicia Jewish Museum.
Dziennik Janki, the only preserved notebook (one of many that she wrote), covers the years 1940-1942, and therefore is an important testimony of the years of German occupation - a record of the everyday life of a young Cracovian woman who was affected by exclusion, persecution and finally closure in isolation from the rest ghetto city. Janka spent little time in her journal describing the occupation reality - she focused on herself, her relationships with others, feelings, memories, ordinary and unusual events of everyday life.
The daily was prepared by Katarzyna Zimmerer and Ewa Czekaj. Katarzyna Zimmerer, author of m.in. recently published "Chronicles of the murdered world", took care to embed Janka's testimony in a broader context, reflect the realities of life in Krakow in 1939-1943, explain the words used by Janka related to German occupation and life in the Krakow ghetto, identify at least some people that Janka mentioned. Ewa Czekaj, whose grandparents Alicja and Andrzej Łachów knew the Goldstein family and kept the daily Janki, carried out arduous searches in the archives to at least partially reconstruct the fate of Janek Goldstein, her siblings, parents and other relatives. She reached many documents, thanks to which she managed to establish a lot of facts about Janki herself, as well as her father - Julian Goldstein, her mother - Sarah nee Scheller (r.
Despite extensive explanations, Janki's diary is not an easy read. The journal cards fill the names and initials of the people, only a part of which can be identified. There are many misconceptions in it, broken tales, incomprehensible passages. It is not a matter-of-fact, chronically kept chronicle of occupied Krakow. It is an intimate, hidden even from the next diary, a record of everyday ordinary and unusual events, the relationship of the author with family members, friends and acquaintances, a record of her emotions, including the emerging feelings for Heinz Dressler.
Thanks to the preserved journal, the memory of Janka, her family, friends, close and distant acquaintances will in some sense be saved. Many people about whom Janek wrote in her diary still know little or nothing. However, thanks to Janki's notes, we know that these people existed.
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