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Formerly known as
"The Worldwide Federation
of Polish Jews
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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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: