At the end of February 2017, participants of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program from Brandeis University in Massachusetts visited Poland following the traces of its Jewish history. During their stay they wanted to learn about the local Jewish heritage and what its function is today. American students met with students of the Władysław Stanisław Reymont Junior High School in Brzeziny, the alumni of School of Dialogue 2016, who took their guests on a tour of their town following the traces of its Jewish past. One of the participants, Tamar, said that while browsing the Internet that day, she came across information indicating that her family was partly from Brzeziny.
High school and university students immediately found common conversation topics, also the difficult ones. The guests emphasized the great commitment and maturity of the students, who were able to talk about complex issues related to Polish/Jewish dialogue in a sincere and open way in respect of everyone’s feelings.