Bialystok 62nd Memorial Ceremony #poland


Avigdor&Laia <lbendov@...>
 

I attended the 62nd Annual Bialystok and Surrounding Towns Memorial Ceremony
in Yehud, Israel on Wed. nite, August 24th held outdoors in front of the
Synagogue. The event was quite well attended with several hundred guests, an
honor guard >from the IDF, and a local unit of the Youth Guard (scouts). In
addition to old-timers and people who had themselves experienced the horrors
of the Bialystok ghetto, there were quite a few dignitaries. The Mayor of
Yehud attended, as did the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi, Rav Metzger, two Members
of the Knesset, Efraim Sneh and Orlev. It was a surprise for me to learn
that some of these dignitaries have personal attachments to pre-war
Bialystok.

Rav Metzger told an interesting tale of Jews who saved themselves from
execution by inviting the German officer and his troops into their houses
for wine and food to satiation so that they might forget their mission.There
was a strong hint of modern day politics which Rav Metzger lightly touched
upon. The ending of the tale was a moral lesson of discerning truth from
falsehood, something that requires "a good eye".(That's why, if you want to
lie, you find it difficult to look someone in the eye.)

The usual lighting by torch of memorial candles was deftly handled by the
scouts as each person who was called upon to light had his or her story
dramatically narrated >from the stage. It was amazing to see people who could
barely walk, eager to light the candles. The tales would make a great
collection for oral Jewish history told by eye witnesses. The genealogy
aspect was low, but names of victims were mentioned so as not to forget
them.

The Bialystok rebellion of course figured prominently in the narrations, and
Tannenbaum was mentioned for his role in organizing the revolt.

The Bialystok Museum and Memorial is a good place to visit in Israel as it
has many original photographs and documents, books and manuscripts, etc.,
some of which might be of genealogical importance.

It was a worthwhile evening.

Avigdor Ben-Dov
Jerusalem

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