The Year of Remembrance of Victims of the Częstochowa Ghetto
June 30, 2021

The TSKZ Częstochowa kindly welcomes anyone wishing to participate in the ceremony of placing flower wreaths to commemorate the Year of Remembrance of Victims of the Częstochowa Ghetto scheduled on 28 June at 5:00 p.m.

On 20 May 2021 the Municipal Council of Częstochowa univocally adopted a resolution on commemorating the Victims of the Częstochowa Ghetto proposed by Jolanta Urbańską – Vice-Chair of the Council and President of Poland’s Advisory on the Jewish Community in Częstochowa. 

This year we have been commemorating a series of anniversaries of various events which happened in Częstochowa by visiting a number of historical venues.

On 9 April 2021 we met at Plac Bohaterów Getta to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Częstochowa Ghetto. 

On 19 April, we recalled the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by gathering together at the Monument of Victims of the Częstochowa Ghetto at Plac Willenberga.  

On 28 June at 5:00 p.m., we are planning to meet at the Monument of the Jewish Combat Organisation located at the central square of the Jewish Cemetery in Częstochowa at ul. Złota to commemorate the 78th Anniversary of the Liquidation of the so-called Small Częstochowa Ghetto (25-28 June 1943). The Small Częstochowa Ghetto was a slave labour camp. The three conjoined streets were inhabited by 6500 selected workers. The area was surrounded by a barbed-wire fence. Residents worked at seven Hasag munition plants located outside the Ghetto. Those whom the Germans considered rebellious or unfit for work were picked out and exterminated. The Organisation of Jewish Fighters composed of ca. 300 members constituted the Ghetto’s resistance movement and its members barricaded themselves in bunkers. On 26 June 1943 Germans started the liquidation of the Small Ghetto. This move was met with a strong resistance on the part of the Organisation of Jewish Fighters. The oppressors had to fight really hard in order to conquer the insurgents’ bunkers. The uprising’s leader, Mordechaj Zylberberg aka. Mordek committed suicide in one of them. In the fighting and subsequent mass executions 1 500 Jews were killed. On 30 June the uprising at the Small Ghetto was finally suppressed and 500 Jews were burned alive. The survivors were incarcerated at Hasag slave labour factories. The Hasag camps were liberated on 17 January 1945. 5200 Jews survived, including 1518 residents of Częstochowa.