Chmielnik the pre-war stetl in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains now takes many initiatives
to restore the memory about its former inhabitants. “Encounters with Jewish culture,” are organized there every year and Leopold Kozlowski - a world famous artist enriches them with his concerts.
On December 11th , 2011 a special ceremony was held : Leopold Kozłowski - an outstanding composer, pianist and conductor, and above all, “the last Klezmer in Galicia” got the title of the Honorary citizen of the Town by the resolution of the City Council .The event took place in the Chmielnik Cultural Center. It began with the multimedia presentation of the second part of the album ” Chmielnik – the memory, the people, the events”, then Mr. Kozlowski told a few words about himself , about being a klezmer musician and about his beloved town of Przemyślany.
The charming hero with his characteristic sense of humour and wit amused the audience. He did not hide his tears of emotion receiving from the hands of the Chmielnik Mayor, Yaroslav Zatorski, honorable title. In gratitude for award he played some klezmer tunes, for which everyone was very grateful and touched. Maestro, as he admitted himself - felt honored. He received many wishes from Chmielnik , representatives of Local Kielce City and neighbouring towns.
The title of Chmielnik Honorary Citizen is given to those who use their life and work for the benefits of the town and its community, leaving the sign of unusual activities, thus staying in the history of the town. At the moment Maestro Kozlowski is the sixth person with the title of Chmielnik Honorary Citizen.
The Board of Jewish Community in Cracow wants to congratulate
Mr. Leopold Kozłowski on this special occasion !