About Us

About Us

This website is a monument built with pictures and words in commemoration of the lost Jewish community of Bodzentyn.

The Editor of Bodzentyn.net is Ewa Wymark, a freelance journalist, project manager and teacher, residing in Sweden. She was inspired to get started on this website while interviewing Max Safir, a Holocaust survivor, born in Bodzentyn, who had settled in Sweden.

Along the way—studying books on the local history, comparing archival documents, testimonies and conducting interviews—the Editor came to know other survivors, emigrants and descendants of emigrants who had settled in different parts of the world. Some had personal experiences to share; one wrote a book and others had family lore from parents and grandparents.

In addition to the testimonies, local historians in Bodzentyn and other Polish residents, including the parish priest have made valuable contributions.

In order to create Bodzentyn.net the Editor has received grants two times from Foundation of Helge Ax:son Johnson, and initially also some technical and expert advice from Scandinavian Photo.

"The case study has been done with the sincerest depth of passion and in a flow. It has been exhaustive, however, that effort has been rewarding on many levels.

I could not have managed to create Bodzentyn.net on my own, nor would I have been able to write the comparative study of Dawid’s Diary without some help.

I am indebted to a number of people who have provided support and encouragement and to others whose generosity in giving time and patient advice have helped to realize this project.

I would like to express my profound gratitude to David Cohen, who helped me through this entire process, and Krystyna Rachtan, who gave valuable feedback and assisted me in interviewing her father-in-law, Stefan Rachtan.

I would also like to thank Mr S Grosman who, in 2020, generously donated funds to cover the yearly cost to host the website and encouraged me to move on with this project.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share this website with everyone. It commemorates the lost Jewish community of Bodzentyn. It is a monument built with pictures and words."


Note that the current website is still under construction, as it is being rebuilt on a new platform, and will be rebuilt step by step.