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Behind the frosted glass – finding lost identity. Gathering in Brzeszcze – report.

Spotkanie w Brzeszczach

On 27th September author Agnieszka Smreczyńska-Gąbka presented her publication “Behind frosted glass – finding lost identity” dedicated to an outstanding man, Tadeusz Smreczyński, a witness to the “times of scorn”, a former KL Auschwitz prisoner, doctor and Brzeszcze resident.

Member of District Board Teresa Jankowska warmly welcomed the gathered guests, who included Ursula Maier from the Konsul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, directors, governors and members of the Brzeszcze and Oświęcim District councils.

The organisers of the gathering – Brzeszcze Mayor Radosław Szota and Dorota Mleczko, Remembrance Museum Director along with Leszek Szuster from the International Youth Meeting Centre – opened the meeting.

A film with Tadeusz Smreczyński based on materials from the archives of the Remembrance Museum was shown, followed by a discussion with Leszek Szuster regarding the new publication held by Joanna Cebulska as well as a conversation between the director of the International Youth Meeting Centre with the author and grandson of Tadeusz Smreczyński, Piotr Junior.

The gathering concluded with a particularly moving presentation by Brzeszcze residents of their contact with and memories of Tadeusz Smreczyński whom they recall as an exceptionally warm, dedicated, happy person and a wonderful doctor. Brzeszcze residents welcomed the new publication “Behind frosted glass” with great enthusiasm and were reminded of the words of Tadeusz Smreczyński who once said, “there is always more that divides us, so that’s why we must search for that which brings people together, for of that there is less.”

Many thanks to Mr Przemysław Gąbka for his permission to use photographs.

A gallery of photos from the gathering can be seen below.