On the night of June 15-16, someone apparently using a bulldozer demolished the workshop of Krzysztof Kolibski, a stonemason from the town of Wąwolnica, Poland, who — among other things — had fashioned the Holocaust memorials erected in recent years in the nearby towns of Karmanowice, Rogalów, and Wołomin. Earlier this year, Kolibski had restored the Karmonowice monument, which had been vandalized. Whoever carried out the attack on the workshop also left the scrawled inscription “Jews out” on a slab of stone found in the rubble.
The Zapomniane Foundation and The Matzevah Foundation launched a crowd-funding campaign to help Kolibski get back on his feet. As of today (June 30) it has raised nearly 80 percent of the goal — 56,600 zlotys (approx. €13,300) — with contributions from 345 donors.
Together with other organizations and activists, we want to support Mr. Krzysztof at this difficult moment. The aim of the collection is to collect money for the things that are the most important, so that he can do his job, in the face of the loss of damaged equipment . Mr. Krzysztof informed us about what he needs and agreed to organize the collection. The most necessary things that he pointed out: a delivery vehicle up to 1.5 tons (used, an estimated cost of about PLN 15,000), a stone cutting machine (circular, a cost of about PLN 30,000), a power generator (cost about PLN 2,800), a compressor (cost around PLN 1,000), 5th washer (cost about PLN 1,600), angle grinders (2 + 2, cost about PLN 3,500), angle grinder 110V (piece 3, cost about PLN 3,600).
Police are investigating the attack, which some sources said might also be linked to conflicts with neighbors and property disputes.