Danzig/Gedansk SIG #Danzig #Gdansk #Germany #Poland WWI veterans guarded the Danzig synagogue #poland #danzig #gdansk #germany


Logan J. Kleinwaks
 

In his autobiography, "On the Vistula Facing East," Israeli sculptor and
former Danziger Frank Meisler writes, "On the night of 12 November 1938,
when Nazi stormtroopers burned down the synagogues of Langfuhr and Zoppot,
Arthur [LEVANDOVSKY] guarded the Danzig Central Synagogue, club in hand,
with other First World War veterans. But the police intervened and the
synagogue remained intact until its 'official demolition' some six months
later. Violence and arson would not have looked too well in a place located
next door to Police Headquarters and the Fire Brigade."

Does anyone else remember this incident? Does anyone know how the veterans
were organized, and, in particular, whether there was an organization of
Jewish WWI veterans in Danzig? (Perhaps, it was a local chapter of the
Reichsbund Juedischer Frontsoldaten.) Such an organization's records, if
they survive, might have genealogical content.

Thanks and best wishes for Passover,

Logan Kleinwaks
Coordinator, JewishGen Danzig/Gdansk SIG
kleinwaks@alumni.princeton.edu
near Washington, D.C.

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