Krakow Jewish community issues multigenerational calendar


(JTA) — The Jewish Community Center of Krakow published a calendar featuring three generations of Polish-Jewish families.

The calendar, which was unveiled on Sunday — International Holocaust Memorial Day — shows 12 photos of three individuals each representing a generation.

“The idea was to show how the continuity of the Jewish community has survived despite the Communist oppression and the Holocaust that preceded it,” said Jonathan Orenstein, the center’s New York-born executive director.

One of the families featured in the photos by Julia Pencakowska is that of Juliusz Handwerker, a Holocaust survivor who at 90 is the center’s oldest active member. His son Marek and granddaughter Joanna also became active in the center, which was opened in 2008.

The center is releasing a calendar for the third year.

Other Eastern European communities also commemorated International Holocaust Memorial Day, which is held each year on the day in 1945 that the Auschwitz death camp was liberated — with celebrations of continuity. 

In Budapest, the foundation stone for a new synagogue was laid for the first time in more than 80 years, and in Ukraine, Jewish leaders held a ceremony at the Holocaust museum section of a large Jewish center that opened in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk last October.

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