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Warsaw marks anniversary of WWII with shabbat dinner
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Warsaw marks anniversary of WWII with shabbat dinner

Warsaw residents participated in a Shabbat dinner to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Gołda Tencer, the director of the Jewish Theatre and the Shalom Foundation, organised a Sabbath dinner on Friday night for the people of Warsaw in the square in the centre of Polish capital. A few hundred people took part, most of them non-Jews who had never participated in a shabbat meal before.

Among the guests were David D’or, an Israeli singer; Krystyna Willenberg, the wife of Samuel Willenberg, a Treblinka survivor who died last year, and representatives of the Righteous Among the Nations, non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

“On September 1, 1939, 78 years ago, the Second World War broke out. Just like today, it was Friday,” Tencer said during the evening. “When the Polish Jews sat down to the Sabbath dinner in the evening, they had to feel fear, but none of them could have foreseen that the end of their world would begin that day. Let us remember them today at this Sabbath dinner, and remember them always.”

Until it was demolished earlier this year, Warsaw’s Jewish Theatre building stood next to the square where the Sabbath dinner was held. A modern skyscraper is to be built in its place.

The Jewish Theatre in Warsaw continues to perform. Formed in 1950, it and a Bucharest theatre are the only two in Europe that perform in Yiddish.

Click here to read the full article in La Times of Israel

Tuesday, September 05, 2017
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