The Lasting Memory Foundation: Lublin District Commemorations

There is a righteous man in Poland named Zbigniew Nizinski. He searches for witnesses to the mass murders of the Jews during the Holocaust then records their stories. Several years ago he formed a formal organization called the The Lasting Memory Foundation. Its mission is to locate the unknown and almost forgotten places of mass burial through the people who witnessed these brutal murders. The foundation's work involves the discovery of the unmarked mass graves, identification of the names of victims buried there (as possible) so that they no longer remain anonymous, and commemoration of these sacred spots. Since most of the witnesses were teens or young adults during 1941-45, the years of the Holocaust, they are now quite elderly -- and therefore they must be contacted soon so they do not pass away with their secrets untold. The Foundation invites government officials, clergy, students, and town residents to unveiling ceremonies to share the experience with the local (mostly non-Jewish) population.

Below are some of the projects undertaken by Mr. Nizinski in our area of interest, the Lublin district of southeast Poland -- a place that the Nazis invaded with full force and murdered most of the hundreds of thousands of Jews in the vicinity. He also does this work in all other parts of Poland as well, not just the Lublin district.

Mr. Nizinski has a lot of work left to do, but he cannot do it without financial support. Please contact him and ask about how to donate. He can't continue to do this work without generous supporters.

Address: Fundacja Pamiec Ktora Trwa
ul. Grojecka 22/24 lok. 32
02-301 Warszawa, Poland

"This ceremony marked the graves of 49 Jewish victims who were forced on the
Chelm-Hrubieszow Death March at Malkow near Hrubieszow." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"This ceremony marked the graves of 29 Jewish victims in the Smuga Forest near Parczew." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"In November 2013 I successfully performed five mass grave
commemorations of the murdered Jews. Memorial stones were
placed next to the graves and the identified names of the victims
were inscribed thereon. It makes me happy because the names
carry the memory of the life and fate of the dead. At the places of
burial, I carried out five unveiling ceremonies. A rabbi said prayers
over the graves together with clergy of other religious traditions
who had been invited. Students from nearby schools came to the
ceremonies in great numbers and performed touching songs and
poetry readings. This memorial is for 12 Jewish victims of
Czernic near Ryki." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"This ceremony marked the graves of 13 Jewish victims in the Dabrowa Forest near Ryki." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"At Liszno near Rejowiec we memorialized 31 Jewish victims." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"In June of 2011, the Lasting Memory Foundation in Poland memorialized 15 Jews -- including two women -- who were killed in Kaweczyn near Piaski (in Lublin district), during the Holocaust. The ceremony included survivors from Israel." -- Zbigniew Nizinski

"I have marked two more graves of the murdered Jews with stones. They are situated near Janow Lubelski and Krasnik. I feel glad to have managed to encourage the residents and eye-witnesses to give permission and assist me in setting up the memorial plaques. I have also identified the names of seven victims and placed them on the plaques. It is an honor for me to do this, but I believe that even more can be done." -- Zbigniew Nizinski, October 2013
"Two days ago I marked with a memorial plaque a grave of ten Jews, including seven children, in Zastawie near Wlodawa, in Lublin province. The grave is situated on a private land, but I have managed to convince the owner of the necessity of commemoration. On the plaque I inscribed several names which had been identified. The victims were killed by the Nazis in May 1942. The next day, a group from Israel (Pardes Hana) came to a nearby village. I invited them to Zastawie where they paid tribute to the dead and listened to the testimonies of local witnesses. It was a miracle that the place was commemorated after 71 years and we could all be there together. It was a true privilege for me to do this." -- Zbigniew Nizinski, September 2013
"We successfully conducted one more ceremonies commemorating the Jewish victims buried in mass graves. I set up three memorial stones over the graves of approximately 300 Jews located in Luta near Wlodawa, Lublin district. A German labor camp for Jews was operating there during the war. The majority of victims were of a Czech origin, but there were also the Jews from Poland and Germany. The names of four people -- a Jewish family who had lived in Luta and had been killed there -- were inscribed on a separate memorial. The ceremony was attended by representatives of four religions, the Czech ambassador, local government officials and residents. There were students from a local school who performed a short play about the memory of those who had been killed. I enclose several pictures from the ceremony." -- Zbigniew Nizinski, June 2013

"I have spent last several days in Lublin district, meeting the people and and discovering mass grave pits. In one of the villages near Krasnik, the witnesses (88- and 91-year-olds) felt too weak to go by foot into the woods, so we went by two tractors. This was so emotional. The witnesses now rely on me in the matter of commemoration, since it was me they entrusted the story to. It is a great honor to me to be able to embrace the grave pits and the victims with the memory." -- Zbigniew Nizinski, May 2013

"I have recently been to Putyk forest near Krasnik, Lublin district. Many Jews were hiding there during the war and many of them were killed. I brought there local villagers who had witnessed the Jews hiding and later being killed. I put up a memorial plaque to mark a spot where 7 Jews, including a 3 year-old child, were shot to death. The fact that a plaque with a Star of David could be placed in the forest where all those terrible things had taken place was very emotional both for me and the locals." -- Zbigniew Nizinski, June 2013


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