80th Anniversary of destruction of the Great Synagogue

For centuries this synagogue (pictured left) was the center of the Jewish life in our town.

Following the occupation of Oświęcim, the Great Synagogue was set ablaze and destroyed by the Germans on the night of November 29, 1939. 

Today only an empty square remains in its location.

Thanks to the generous support of the town of Oświęcim as well as institutional and private donors from Poland and beyond, we have transformd this space into a Memorial Park to create opportunities for reflection and remembrance for residents of Oświęcim and visitors to the town. The Park will become a place for education about the multicultural past of Oświęcim.

On November 28 we  inaugurated the Great Synagogue Memorial Park and paid tribute to the Jewish community of Oświęcim through a special program described below.


November 28 (Thursday)

Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot Synagogue, at pl. Skarbka 5:

5:00 pm – Official opening and recital Berjozkele performed by Ola Bilińska with the band

Note: Admission to the concert with a free invitation – available for pickup at Cafe Bergson from November 15

Great Synagogue Memorial Park, ul. Berka Joselewicza:

7:30 pm – Group walk to the Memorial Park and candle lighting on the site


November 24 (Sunday)

12:00 pm and 2:00 pm educational workshops for children

Free admission, online registration required: www.bit.ly/2nXwHDM

November 27 (Wednesday)

6:00 pm “Oświęcim synagogues” lecture by dr. Artur Szyndler

Gallery from the inauguration event of the Great Synagogue Memorial Park: