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Stowarzyszenie im. Ireneusza Ślipka

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Ireneusz Ślipek 


Ireneusz Ślipek was born on November 30, 1935 in Gorzałów near Warta (now Sieradz County, Łódź Province). He was the oldest of nine children of Paweł and Stefania (nee Sukiennik).

After he had completed his primary school, he carried on his education at the Kazimierz Jagiellończyk High School in Sieradz. Then, he entered the Franciscans' Clerical Seminary in Niepokalanów. Unfortunately, due to his health problems, he interrupted his studies and he did not make his priestly vows.

After he had returned to Warta, he began working as a clerk in the Public Roads Administration in Warta.

He was a collector since his childhood. At first, he used to collect post stamps, then books, old ones who someone had thrown away. He wanted to save old things from oblivion. Then, he took to collecting old helmets, bullet shells, coins, old irons, etc.

Besides, he was fascinated by the history of Warta and its vicinity, by architecture of the nearby mansions, palaces, churches, parks and chapels. He was very much involved in community activities.

Ireneusz was also a passionate photographer. He used to document various local events, e.g. state and church holidays, familial celebrations, etc.

His involvement in the community life developed.

He was an honorable member of the Voluntary Fire Brigades of Warta, and he participated actively in secular and church events. He used to hold the function of the secretary of the Brigades. Well, he did not extinguish fires... but he kept photographic documentation of the events in the town.

As he had vocal and instrumental talents, he was a member of the LUTNIA choir. He also archived the activities of the choir (he used to handwrite the notes of the songs the choir sang).

He was actively involved in the activities of the Bractwo Literaków which is unique in Poland as it has been active since it was established in 1628 at the St. Nicolas Church of Warta. The sodality is of a religious and charity nature. It dealt with promoting the Marian cult. Due to his age and long-term activity in the sodality, Ireneusz held the function of the senior.

Out of concern for saving the local historical monuments, Ireneusz was involved in the activities of the Regional Commission for Historical Monuments in Sieradz. He was the President of the Subcommittee for Cemeteries.

He was open to the past and present. He was convinced that each grave - irrespectively of the nationality and religion - cherishes respect for a human. He was the first to describe the Jewish cemetery in Warta. He was particularly interested in cemeteries. They were magic and mysterious places for him. He was free from prejudice and - following the message of John Paul's II - he considered Jews "our older brethren in the faith". He did not know the Jewish Warta himself as he came here as a child with his parents after the Second World War. Neither did he have any Jewish relatives.

The work on reconstruction of the kirkut in Warta was a vast part of his community activities. It lasted from 1986 to 2002. That was the time of reconstruction, searching for headstones and work on the fencing of the area. Ireneusz spent the remaining time on maintaining the condition of the cemetery and preventing it from damages. The work required a lot of energy and efforts. Ireneusz won many supporters, however, there were numerous opponents and vast majority remained indifferent.

Owing to his work, Ireneusz became known by professors, journalists and students in Poland and abroad. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Yad Vashem Institute of Jerusalem. He supported Ada Holtzman in her work for compiling an index of the headstones in the cemetery. Then, in 2006 in Tel Aviv, Ada Holtzman published "Jewish Cemetery in Warta (d'Vort)". The same year was a year of commemoration of Benjamin Yaari and Ireneusz ślipek.

In one of many interviews ("WARTA", 1998), Ireneusz summarized his work and activities: "...many things belong to history now, landscapes are changing but a sign remains here. I would like to save it from oblivion..."

Ireneusz Ślipek died unexpectedly on May 4, 2006. He is buried together with his brother in the Parish Cemetery in Warta.