01 October 2019
“Start-up” based at Písek, or for three years in a row, students have helped, taken in new knowledge and commemorated the victims of Shoah.
The year 2017 saw the start of an enthusiastic cooperation with students of the Forest Secondary School in Písek. Outstanding approachability of the school management and especially the keen interest of the school’s students made it possible for forest workers to look after the area around the synagogue. However, this is by no means the only aspect of the cooperation. As a thank you for working for no consideration, the students went on a trip in their free time to see the Jewish monuments situated in Josefov, Prague, and those of the most hardworking students went on a two-day trip to Krakow and Auschwitz. They attended lectures focused on the theme of Shoah, Jewish history and participated in commented tours. Last year, Písek was visited by ambassador, His Excellency Daniel Meron, who spoke highly of the students’ activities, and together with the students, he planted a lime tree in memory of victims of SHOAH in Písek and the vicinity. On Thursday, 26 September 2019, a memorial stone was installed next to the lime tree, featuring a text in Czech and Hebrew, standing as a permanent reminder for the town citizens and all visitors of the Jewish fellow citizens who were murdered during one of the most terrible tragedies of humankind.
All of these projects were implemented under the auspices of the management of the South Bohemian Region, with a great contribution of Mrs Stránská, Regional County President, and Mr Josef Knot, First Deputy, as well as Mrs Eva Vanžurová, Mayor of Písek, and Mr Petr Hladík, First Vice-Mayor. The production of stone inscription would not have been possible without gifts donated by company Kámen a písek spol. s r.o. and production cooperative Jihokámen Písek.
This year, students of the Agricultural Secondary School in Písek joined the remembrance activities of Shoah victims. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mr Chovanec, and in cooperation with the local archives and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the students put together stories of deported Jewish fellow citizens from Písek and the week before last, they installed Stones of the Lost in three Písek locations.
LET US THANK ALL STUDENTS OF THE FOREST AND AGRICULTURAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THEIR TEACHERS FOR THEIR INVALUABLE HELP!