Our History and Mission

Our History

The Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee (BJPC) was founded by Emil Fish, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp who was born in Bardejov. In July 2005, Mr. Fish returned to Bardejov for the first time since 1949. His response to the disrepair and dilapidation of the synagogues and the Jewish cemetery was a resolve to restore and preserve these properties. In March 2006, Mr. Fish registered the committee as a nonprofit organization. Click here to read Mr. Fish’s personal account of the founding of the BJPC.

Our Mission

The Bardejov Jewish Preservation Committee was established to achieve the following goals:

  • to restore the Jewish heritage sites of Bardejov, Slovakia
  • to build awareness of the cultural and historical significance of Jewish life in Bardejov, Slovakia; educate for tolerance while fighting racism and xenophobia
  • to memorialize the more than 3,000 Jews from Bardejov and the vicinity who perished in the Holocaust

The restoration and preservation of the Jewish heritage sites of Bardejov and of other Slovakian towns and cities will prevent the disappearance of our Jewish history from the country and will memorialize the victims of the Holocaust.