This year teachers and students from some of the local high schools, the Slovotzky School, and the Arts School of Czestochowa, helped us. This offered a rare opportunity for Israeli and Polish students to work and talk together. Local Polish historians who focus on Jewish Polish history also worked with us. They use our information to document the history of the community. A young local university student (whose grandmother was Jewish) who taught himself Hebrew joined us as well. Reut students had the opportunity to hear and experience how Poles reflect on the Holocaust and the current renaissance of Jewish activity in Poland.
The group worked for at least eight hours every day and on one evening went, together with the Polish students, on a walking tour of the city. We visited the Jasna Gora and learned about the special place Czestochowa holds in Christian belief. We learnt about the process that modern post-communist Poland is undergoing to create a new Polish identity. In addition, the group learnt how Jewish history in Poland is a part of that process. Polish newspapers also interviewed the group.