Ilza's academic high
schoool is the Nicolaus Copernicus High School (Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. M.
Kopernika w Iłży, LO-Ilza). During the course of the Ilza
Historical Cemetery Restoration Project we developed a very cordial
relationship with the school principal, Mr. Cezary Ziembicki. .He
told us that the curriculum
includes Holocaust studies and that the students were interested in
learning about their former Jewish neighbors.
As part of the project to restore the Jewish cemetery in nearby Ożarów, Dr. Norman Weinberg
created an essay contest with the local high school. Using this
as a model, Barbara Sontz. established the Feldman Family Awards
literary contest with
the participation of faculty and students at LO-Ilza. The awards
was co-sponsored by the Polish Jewish Cemetery Restoration Project
120 students from LO-Ilza participated in the
first contest in 2005.
of them working in teams, they wrote
about the history of Jews in Ilza.
prize winning essays
were selected and translated into English.
in a ceremony attended by the Office of the Radom District, the Mayor
Ilza and his staff, the Chairman of the Town Council and other key
the Ilza Community, journalists and the PJCRP team.
entries included essays, stories and poems; winners
selected in each of the categories.
Awards were presented on May 22, 2006 as part of the Ilza Cemetery
Rededication Trip. More than 200 local residents
attended the ceremonies.
here to read the winning
the 2006 Feldman Family Awards.
here to read remarks made
at the 2006 awards ceremony.
Dziwisz reads her First
Prize poem at the Feldman Family Awards ceremony.
Ilza, Poland, May 22, 2006
group of students at LO-Ilza produced and presented a play called First-Class Ticket.
written in Yiddish, the play was translated into English by the
set the play in Ilza to remember the Jewish families who lived there
prior to the Second World War.
- Jankel's home
"First-Class Ticket" - Shabbat Preparations
of the Feldman family visited LO-Ilza on May 23, 2006.
Sontz and Phil Mintz met with and were interviewed by students in a
visitors had a chance to speak with faculty members
and the principal at an informal lunch prepared by the school (stuffed
the visit, Phil and Barbara were treated as honored guests.
Barbara Sontz and Phil Mintz meet
faculty and students of LO-Ilza.
Ilza, Poland, May 23, 2006