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The POLIN 2016 award presented

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Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Fot. M.Czechowicz
Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Fot. M.Czechowicz

During the gala at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the POLIN 2016 award has been handed out. The winner of the second edition of the contest was Jacek Koszczan, the founder and President of the Association for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in the Dukla Region - Sztetl Dukla.

The POLIN award is given by the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews to individuals, organisations and institutions actively involved in preserving the collective memory and history of Polish Jews.

This year the laureate of the POLIN award was Jacek Koszczan, the founder and President of the Association for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in the Dukla Region - Sztetl Dukla. His contributions include both acquiring and archiving data regarding the Jews of the Dukla and nearby areas, as well as educational activities. Jacek Koszczan is the instigator and the author of a monument commemorating the 70th anniversary of the extermination of Jews of Dukla. He is also a custodian of Jewish cemeteries, and the mass grave and the ruins of the Dukla synagogue. Due to his diligence and vast knowledge, two families of the Dukla County have been awarded the Medal of the Righteous Among the Nations.