WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Polish city of Czestochowa is renaming its orchestra to honor a native son: Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish-Jewish violin virtuoso who helped save hundreds of German Jews from the Holocaust and who founded the precursor to what is now the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
An inaugural concert by the Bronislaw Huberman Philharmonic on Wednesday evening comes amid a broader rediscovery of the importance Poland's large Jewish community had on Polish culture before it was wiped out in the Holocaust.
The philharmonic hall sits on the site of a former synagogue that was destroyed by German Nazis during their wartime occupation of Poland.
Czestochowa is home to Poland's most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora. Before World War II it was also home to 40,000 Jews, almost all of whom perished.