Polish organization aims to restore country's Hewish heritage, building both bridges and awareness

by Eliana Rudee

Michał Laszczkowski, CEO of Poland’s Cultural Heritage Foundation, spends a great deal of time discussing Jewish law with rabbis at various Jewish cemeteries across Poland; in fact, it’s safe to say that he does so much more than the average Jew. And yet, Laszczkowski is not himself Jewish.

As the visionary behind the $28 million restoration and documenting of Jewish sepulchral heritage in Poland, Laszczkowski has helped the organization raise funds from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Capital Monument Conservation Office. In addition to their biggest project—cleaning up the major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw—other work includes the preservation of other Jewish and Muslim cemeteries, churches and various national heritage sites connected to Polish heritage abroad.

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