NEW YORK (Jan. 31)
–The only remaining synagogue in Warsaw, which was in poor condition last year, has begun to be repaired but still has a long way to go before it is entirely restored, it was reported by Ira Lipsius, leader of the Yavneh Holocaust Tour which recently visited several East. European countries. The synagogue, located at TWARDA 6. does not have a shofar for use on Rosh Hashanah.
Lipsius, writing in the latest issue of the Center for Holocaust Studies Newsletter, reported that the last wall of the Warsaw Ghetto, located near Mariana Buczka Street, has recently been torn down by the Polish government. Due to construction in the area, what remained of the ghetto area after the Nazis destroyed it was leveled and new building built on top of the rubble.
“To this day the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto, including bunkers, lie underneath modern apartment buildings.” Lipsius said. Continuing, he wrote: “As we walked from the Mila 18 bunker site to the last wall of the ghetto, a pile of rubble and a shattered monument was all that remained of the wall.”
He reported that some changes have taken place at the Gisha Cemetery, one of the world’s largest Jewish cemeteries. Lipsius said that a group of 10 Dutch non-Jews are engaged in repairing the cemetery. During a period of two weeks several months ago they worked 8-10 hours a day cleaning gravesites and straightening fallen monuments.