Forum for Dialogue: A Virtual Tour of Bialystok - Wednesday, May 19 #announcements

Mark Halpern

Please join me for a tour of my ancestral town of Bialystok, an important pre-War Jewish city now in Northeast Poland, formerly in Czarist Russia's Grodno Gubernia. Before the War, 60% of Bialystok's residents were Jewish. There continues to be active Landmanschaften in Argentina, Australia, Israel, and the United States. Place Wednesday, May 19 on your calendar. The program will start at 7 pm in Warsaw. See the announcement below for other times and a link to register and then receive the Zoom link.

Mark Halpern

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Dear Mark,

As we are all beginning to plan long-distance travels and short trips, let me invite you for a virtual tour of Bialystok, a capital city of Podlasie province. Tomasz Wisniewski, an expert in Jewish history of Podlasie region, will guide us through the city space and history of Bialystok, a home to Jewish community from the mid-17th century. Join us to listen to the history of Jewish community of Bialystok: its role in the rapid development of the town in the 19th century, social and cultural life in early 20th century, and the fate of Jews during Soviet and Nazi occupation.
Join us to hear Tomasz Wisniewski's talk on Jewish Bialystok on Wednesday, May 19th, at 5 am Australian Eastern, 10 am Pacific, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, 7 pm Warsaw, 8 pm Tel-Aviv time.


Tomasz Wisniewski is a filmmaker, writer, journalist, Ph.D. in cultural studies. He is a co-founder of the "Association of the Museum of the Bialystok Jews" and a founder of the "We Are Looking for Poland" association. He has created the website and for years has been documenting Jewish cemeteries. Recipient of the 2018 Polin Museum Award, author of books on Jewish heritage in Bialystok region, Tomasz will share with us his knowledge of the history of Jews in Bialystok.
Please, do not hesitate to share this invitation with people who might be interested in joining the call! 


Olga Kaczmarek
Director General