Warsaw Ghetto Museum at the 18th Meetings with Jewish Culture in Busko-Zdrój

During the two-days-long 18th Meetings with Jewish Culture in Busko-Zdrój, held on 11 and 12 September, the Warsaw Ghetto Museum was represented by Halina Postek, PhD, head of the Education Department

13 September 2020

The Meetings with Jewish Culture have been enjoying the hospitality of Busko since 2016.  The event has gathered a large number of devoted participants, not only from Poland.  There is plenty of interesting guests and meetings.

The Jewish community in Busko-Zdrój was legally established in 1888. The Jews contributed to the establishment of a social class which had not existed in Busko before – the bourgeoisie. They successfully competed with Poles in the field of crafts and trade.  They ran guesthouses for health resort patients.  During the war, the Jewish community, which made up a third of Busko’s population, had to move to the ghetto and was later on murdered.  Those who were not executed by Germans at the Jewish cemetary were deported to the Treblinka death camp.

Halina Postek, PhD, gave a lecture entitled “The attitude of Poles towards Jews in the face of the Holocaust“. It was attended by approx.  one hundred high school students of  the first, second and fourth grade of T. Kościuszko High School No. 1 in Busko-Zdrój.  The lecture discussed such topics as the repressive German policy towards the occupied Polish population, German propaganda, the Easter pogroms, the report of Jan Karski and the Righteous Among the Nations.

Anna Kilian

Photo WGM