|Sunday 3rd June 2007
On the 8th May 1942, almost 9000 Jews were herded out of the city of Pabianice in Poland; those who were 'healthy' were sent to the Lodz ghetto, those who were frail or young were sent directly to the Gas Vans at Chelmno.
The 180 patients in the Pabianice hospital were murdered in their beds.
On Sunday, June 3, 2007, a plaque was erected in the Jewish cemetery in Springvale to remember the Jews murdered from this town as well as to remember the 650 Jews buried in the fast-deteriorating Jewish cemetery in Pabianice.
Holocaust survivors from the town of Pabianice gathered with their children and with their grandchildren for the plaque's unveiling.
Mr Shmuel Rosenkranz, co-director of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Center addressed the crowd and told of the town's strong religious heritage and Rabbi Y. Garfunkel, spiritual leader of Blake Street Hebrew Congregation, recited psalms.
Much thanks goes to Jack Ekstein, Max Lasky and Harry Ciechanowski, and to all the people who generously donated to make this memorial everlasting.