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Poland + Ukraine 2019

Poland (Aug. 26th - Sept 1st)

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Quotes and stories collected from the Museum

When Fayvl Janowski dismissed 45 jewish girls and employed Christian women instead, the Białystok workers called for a boycott. It was not yet common practice to strike, which was still considered a radical form of protest. Nor were workers ready to suffer the loss of wages during a strike. Strikes would soon become the most effective way to pressure bosses into meeting workers' demands.

The strike commitee of Fayvl lanowski's cigarette factory in Białystok, 1901

There was no time for despair. The tragedy was too general, it embraced everyone. One could not expect sympath from anyone, we were all in the same situation ... There was nothing great, or poignant, or extrodinary about this experience of death ... One simply said 'they have my child', and there was nothing more to say

Aleksandra Sołowiejczyk-Guter in her memoir

"News of the genocide fell on deaf ears. Calls for help from the Allies, international organizations, and the Pope failed. In utter despair, feeling helpless and toally alone, Shmul Zygielbojm, Bund leader and member of the Polish government-in-exile, commited suicide. In his last letter, he wrote:

By my death, I wish to give expression to my deepest protest against the inaction of a world that watches and allows the destruction of the Jewish People."

Szmul Zygielbojm


Ukraine (Sept. 2nd - Sept. 7th)