Wednesday marks the 66th anniversary of the Kielce pogrom. On July 4, 1946 a mob, with the help of local government officials in Kielce, Poland killed 42 Jewish civilians after they were falsely accused of kidnapping.
A special memorial ceremony will take place in Kielce. Orthodox priest Wladyslaw Tyszuk will lead a prayer ceremony at the Menora monument. A silent march will continue on to the Jewish synagogue which today is no longer in use. 42 empty chairs will be set up to symbolically remembers the victims. The ceremony will end with common prayers in the Jewish Cemetery.
Włodziemierz Kac, the President of the Jewish Religious Community in Katowice, and Parson Janusz Daszuta from the Evangelical-Methodist Church will be in atendance. The event is being organized by the Jan Karski Association in Poland.
24,000 Jewish citizens of Kielce were murdered by the Nazis during World War II.