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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:26 PM

Warsaw synagogue makes a virtual reappearance on anniversary of ghetto revolt

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, destroyed by German forces during World War II, was recreated virtually with light April 18 as part of anniversary commemorations of the 1943 uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. (Czarek Sokolowski / Associated Press)

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

Light was projected Thursday night onto the modern glass building in the place where the synagogue used to stand. For two hours, a grand building fronted by classical Greek-style columns was returned virtually to a city where most traces of a large prewar Jewish community have vanished. Archival recordings of the synagogue's cantor, Gerszon Sirota, revived the sounds of Jewish Warsaw. Sirota died in the ghetto.

The light-and-sound show was the work of Polish multimedia artist Gabi von Seltmann, who wants Polish society to remember the large Jewish community that was once an integral part of a multicultural country. The event was organized by Open Republic, a group that fights anti-Semitism.





https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-warsaw-poland-jewish-ghetto-synagogue-20190419-story.html

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 06:35 PM

1. K&R

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 08:02 PM

2. The number of Jews in Poland on 1 September 1939, amounted to about 3,474,000 people.

Now, there are about 3,900 Jews in all of Poland.

The city of Warsaw had about 375,000 Jews, one-third of the city's population, in 1939. It was the second largest concentration of Jews in the world right behind NYC. Estimates now say around 700 Jews live in Warsaw.

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 10:37 PM

3. I didn't know that. Ugh. No words.

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