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Polish Jews Observe Anniversary of Revolt in Bialystok; Authorities Ignore Event

Polish Jews held a commemorative meeting at Bialystok, observing the anniversary of the revolt in that city’s ghetto against the Nazi regime — but neither the Warsaw Government nor the local authorities were represented, according to a dispatch from Poland received here today.

The memorial meeting was held at the site of the old Great Synagogue in the former Jewish center. The synagogue was put to flames by the Nazis, and 3,000 Jews were burned alive in the house of worship. The participants also paid solemn pilgrimages to several sites in the countryside outside the city, which the Nazis had used as execution locations for Jews; and to the plaque in the Jewish cemetery honoring the memory of Isaac Melamed, a Jewish hero of the resistance.

The ceremonies had been arranged by the local branch of Zbowid, the Commemorative Society, whose local head spoke at the commemorative meeting. Present also were three leaders of the Jewish Social and Cultural Association.