On April 26, 2002 Mrs. Jadwiga Palczynska, Director of Jan Kochanowski
Grammar School No 1in Wielkie Oczy announced the establishment of
an annual essay contest entitled The People of Wielkie Oczy between the
The idea for such a contest was first suggested by Rabbi Murray Stadtmauer
of Bayside, New York. We are indebted to Mrs. Palczynska and her staff for
bringing this contest to fruition.
The prizes for the contest are being underwritten by Rabbi Murray Stadtmauer and are as follows:
Each winner will also receive a letter in Polish commemorating the Jews of Wielkie Oczy, an English translation of which appears below:
|Dear Students of Middle School No. 1, Wielkie
We wish to thank all of you for your great kindness in helping to restore the abandoned Jewish cemetery of Wielkie Oczy. We know we can trust you to continue to take care of our cemetery and honor our ancestors who are buried there.
We also wish to thank all those who participated in the essay contest on "The People of Wielkie Oczy Between the World Wars."
We thank you for remembering our ancestors who once lived in your town, and researching their contributions to the life of Wielkie Oczy. We hope all of you found this to be a learning experience.
We congratulate those who won prizes for the best essays, but whether you won a prize or not, we appreciate the efforts of all.
Finally, we thank the mayor and the priests, but first of all the school director, the teachers and all the adults of Wielkie Oczy who inspired you in the performance of acts of humanism and charity
We are the children and grandchildren of Wielkie Oczy citizens of the past. A few of us have already visited you. Others hope to visit in the future. But whether we meet or not, we are surely bonded together by ties of history and memory.
God bless all of you and your elders.
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