OUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
 
"To preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of Jewish life in Poland and to foster
understanding between current and future generations of the Polish and Jewish communities."

    
  BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
 
President:
      Bernard Korbman, OAM
Vice-Presidents:
      Izy Marmur
      Andrew Rajcher
Treasurer:
      Andrew Rajcher
Secretary:
      Lena Fiszman
 
Members:
      Moshe Fiszman
      Ezra May
      David Prince
      Peter Schnall
 
Telephone:
      +61 (0)3 9523 9573
Facsimile:
      +61 (0)3 9528 2082
 
Email:
   lfiszman@bigpond.net.au
 
Mailing Address:
      PO Box 56,
      Elsternwick, Vic., 3185,
      Australia
 

 

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SPEAKERS PANEL
 
The ASPJ is pleased to be able to offer many of our members as Speakers for your organisation's or company's activity or function.
 
Click HERE for for more information.

 

 
 

WE WELCOME
NEW MEMBERS
 
Formerly known as
"The Worldwide Federation
of Polish Jews
(Australian Chapter)"
,
we have a new name, a new Constitution, a new Statement
of Purpose and a new
generation of active members.
 
Based in Melbourne, Australia,
we invite all people, Jewish and
non-Jewish, whose roots lie
in Poland,to join our
reinvigorated organisation.
 
Click HERE for Membership Application details.

 

 
 

DO YOU OR
YOUR FAMILY
HAVE ROOTS IN ....

Many of Poland's cities and towns are, today, endeavouring to preserve their Jewish history and heritage.
 
Some are now turning to the ASPJ to assist them in their task of collecting memoirs, photographs and other documents.
 
To encourage their endeavours, a new feature has been added to this website to assist them in contacting former residents or their descendants.
 
Click HERE to read more.


 
 

 
 
OUR WEBSITE
We welcome your comments and suggestions regarding the ASPJ website.
 
Feel free to email our Webmaster:
aragorn@axiomcs.com.au

 

 
    
HONORING THE POLISH RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS

Around 250 people from Melbourne's Polish and Jewish communities filled the auditorium of the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre in Melbourne on Sunday 5th July 2015 for the Australian premiere screening of the POLIN Museum's film "Ocaleni" (The Rescued) and for the Official Opening of the Australian showing of the POLIN Museum's exhibition "They Risked Their Lives - Poles Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust".
 

The premiere screening of the film and the exhibition display were part of the Australian Society of Polish Jews & Their Descendants' major event which paid tribute to the Polish Righteous Among the Nations.
 
The Israeli Ambassador to Australia Mr Shmuel Ben-Shmuel and the Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Poland in Melbourne Dr George Łuk-Kozika jointly cut the ribbon to officially open the Exhibition.
 
Click HERE for more words and pictures!

 
PROFESSOR WŁADYSŁAW BARTOSZEWSKI (1922-2015)


It is with immense sorrow that the Australian Society of Polish Jews and Their Descendants marks the passing of a true Polish hero, a Righteous Among the Nations, an Honorary Citizen of the State of Israel - Professor Władysław Bartoszewski - academic, writer, journalist, diplomat, social activist and true humanitarian.
 
During World War II, he co-founded ŹEGOTA - the Council for Aid to Jews, which has been credited with saving the lives of thousands of Jews.
 
Bartoszewski was a member of the underground wartime resistance and participated in the Warsaw Uprising. Following the war, he was active in numerous organisations resisting the oppression of successive Polish Communist governments.
 
When democracy returned to Poland in 1989, Bartoszewski served as Polandís Ambassador to Austria and served twice as Polandís Minister of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State and lately as the Prime Ministerís Plenipotentiary for International Relations.
 
He has the distinction of having been imprisoned by both the Nazis (in Auschwitz during WWII) and by the Communists (post-WWII).
 
Professor Bartoszewski passed away on 24th April 2015 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife and son. In accordance with Jewish tradition, we wish his family long life. May his memory be a blessing to them and to both the Polish and Jewish peoples.


 
2014 HENRYK SŁAWIK AWARD PRESENTATION

The recipient of the 2014 Henryk Sławik Award, presented by the Australian Society of Polish Jews & Their Descendants, is Pauline Rockman OAM.
 
At an event held at Kadimah on 28th October 2014, Pauline was presented with the Award by actress Magda Szubanska, whose yearning to meet Polish Jewish descendants, and compare their stories with those of her own Polish grandparents, had led to long conversations with Pauline.
 
The Award,in recognition of the enhancement of mutual respect and understanding between the Polish and Jewish communities, was presented in the presence of the Honorary Polish Consul-General in Melbourne, Dr.George Łuk-Kozika, who himself was the recipient of the inaugural Award in 2011.
 
Click HERE for more words and pictures!

 
WARSAW'S JEWISH MUSEUM CORE EXHIBITION OPENING!

The Core Exhibition of Warsaw's POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews opened at an event held on 28th October 2014, in front of over 1,500 guests and covered by 600 journalists from around the world.
 

 
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, and the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin (on his first foreign visit), the Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz, Speakers of the Sejm and Senate, the Mayor of Warsaw, as well as several foreign delegations and related organisations from around the world.
 
The ASPJ was represented by our Vice-President, Andrew Rajcher, who, for more than five years, has been a volunteer translator/interpretor for the Museum and its websites
 
The exhibition was symbolically opened by two generations of Polish Jews Ė Marian Turski, Chairman of the Museum Council and a Holocaust survivor, and 13-year-old Joanna Widla, a student at the Lauder-Morasha Jewish School in Warsaw.
 
In the first week following the Opening, the Museum's Core Exhibition was viewed by over 25,000 visitors, with tickets sold out for many days in the weeks following.
 
Take a Virtual Tour of the Museum's Core Exhibition
by watching the video below:



     
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