JRI Poland #Poland On Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Great Synagogue of Warsaw Commemorated #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

On April 19, 1943 the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began, holding the ghetto for
nearly a month. After the Nazi's took back control they destroyed the Great
Synagogue of Warsaw. The Great synagogue was opened in 1878 for moderate
reform Judaism. It was the largest synagogue in the city where one-third of
its population was Jewish,

On the evening of April 18, to avoid the Sabbath and beginning of Passover,
the Great Synagogue was virtually recreated as a multi-media light show to
commemorate the Ghetto uprising, The multimedia program included archival
recordings of a prewar cantor, Gerszon Sirota, who died in the ghetto.

The sound and light show was organized by Open Republic, a group that fights
anti-Semitism. It was the work of a Polish artist Gabi von Seltmann. Von
Seltmann's grandfather was a Polish school director who was killed at
Auschwitz. Her husband is a grandson of one of the SS officers who inflicted
atrocities in Poland. Von Seltmann wants Polish society to remember the
large Jewish community that was once an integral part of a multicultural

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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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