In Poland Activists Fight Rabbi’s Ghetto Skyscraper

From The Jewish Chronicle >>

Poland’s Ministry of Culture will soon decide whether to allow Warsaw’s historic Jewish community centre to be demolished in order to make way for a skyscraper.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that the request to pull down the building, which stands at the heart of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, came from the current Jewish community leaders themselves.

The white building on Twarda Street survived German bombardment during the Second World War and was a symbol of renewed Jewish life in post-war Poland. It became a central address for Holocaust survivors and members of the Polish Jewish community.

In 2007, Poland’s Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich, and the President of the Jewish Community, Piotr Kadlcik, announced plans for a 208-metre skyscraper to be built next to the Nozyk Synagogue.

The plan provoked outrage among Jewish organisations and Holocaust survivors around the world, who argued that the project would harm the unique character of the ghetto and overshadow the old synagogue, one of the few buildings in Warsaw that survived the Nazi bombings.

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Article by Nissan Tzur.

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