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Polish Government to Renovate Warsaw Synagogue: Preserve Jewish Cemeteries in Warsaw and Lodz

The Polish government will renovate the last remaining synagogue in Warsaw, B’nai B’rith President David M. Blumberg disclosed today. Witold Trampczynski, Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. told B’nai B’rith that Poland will also preserve the Jewish cemeteries in Warsaw and Lodz and is considering the preservation of Jewish cemeteries in six other cities.

Trampczynski told B’nai B’rith that the organization’s “constructive recommendations” made by Blumberg and Herman Edeisberg, director of the B’nai B’rith International Council, when they visited Warsaw this summer, prompted the government’s action.

Blumberg described the synagogue as in general disrepair and decay, with wooden planks covering broken windows. “We found it in sharp contrast with the new Communist-sponsored Jewish cultural center located back-to-back with the synagogue,” he said.

The cemetery issue has been of concern to the remnant of Poland’s Jewish population and to American Jewish religious leaders. Blumberg credited both Trampczynski and Richard Davis, U.S. Ambassador to Poland, for their good offices in the matter.