In the spring of 2010, an important agreement was reached
between our Foundation and the State Penitentiary in Czerwony
Bór, near Łomża. The purpose of the agreement is to provide for
the upkeep of the Łomża Jewish Cemetery while at the same time
helping educate the inmates who are about to be released.
The agreement is part of the “Tikkun-Naprawa”
project initiated and carried out by Polish and Israeli
penitentiary services. Also key has been the Catholic center for
homeless ex-convicts, Przystanek na Drodze (“A step on the
way”), led by Father Adam Jabłonski, a prison chaplain.
The summer of 2011 was particularly successful. Current and
former inmates worked daily, weather permitting, on cutting
grass, spraying and removing weeds and getting the cemetery into
presentable shape. The Foundation provided supplies, equipment
and refreshments. The work was coordinated by our Łomża-based
vice president, Mr. Kazimierz Szczechura.
In the future, we hope to expand the work beyond maintenance and
include some restoration as well, depending on the availability
The Foundation wishes to thank the Czerwony Bór State
Penitentary and Mr. Darek Śmiechowski the re-education director,
as well as Father Adam Jabłoński, for their invaluable
contributions in our common effort to preserve this most
precious memorial of Polish-Jewish history.