Foreign Relations

The Delegation to Poland

 

St. Stacja High School, HrubieszÓw, Poland

 

Every year in the fall, a delegation of students from the 12th grade travels to Poland for 8 days. One of the highlights of this journey is the Polish-Israeli Youth Meeting in the city of HrubieszÓw, located near Zamość in Poland. For the past 20 years, we have been nurturing a unique and meaningful relationship with the HrubieszÓw Memorial Foundation in Israel – a voluntary association of Holocaust survivors from HrubieszÓw and their decedents.

 

Through the tireless efforts of the foundation's directors, the delegation spends a day in the city and the St. Stacja school. The visit emphasizes the present and future of youth from both countries. It begins with a memorial ceremony at what used to be a Jewish cemetery, which had been violated during WWII. In the 1960s, some of the survivors constructed a unique monument, built from remains of the shattered tombstones, and placed in the cemetery. The visit also includes performances by the Israeli and Polish students, an amicable basketball game and other integrated activities. The mayor of HrubieszÓw and the principal of the St. Stacja school highly regard these visits and are involved in planning the event and attend the visit itself.