In the picture immediately below, Commission Chair Lesley Weiss speaks at a ceremony dedicating a new memorial at the site of the Jewish cemetery in Kaluszyn Poland on September 14, 2017. Before World War II, some 5,200 Jews lived in Kaluszyn, constituting 60% of the population. The Nazis murdered nearly all of them. The cemetery and its headstones were destroyed as well. With the help of Joseph Gellman, a descendent of Jews from Kaluszyn, the Commission financed the memorial, which was built by the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ). FODZ CEO Monika Krawczyk is in a light colored coat behind Mrs. Weiss. To Weiss’ left in front of the memorial are Ambassador of Israel Anna Azari, Kaluszyn Mayor Marian Boszynski, Catholic Priest Wladyslaw Szymanski, and Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich.
In the additional photograph, Commission Members stand with a memorial plaque that tells the story of the Jews of Kaluszyn. From left to right are Lesley Israel, Gary Zola, Weiss, and Eric Schwerin.