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Preserving Jewish presence in Plock

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Veronika Joy 18.03.2013 15:30
  • Preserving Jewish presence in Plock
Plock, a small city in central Poland, has opened a museum presenting 700 years of Jewish heritage in the Masovian region.
"Felix and the Dragon"; 1994 by FELIX TUSZYNSKI: source: zchor.org

After nine years of Jewish – Polish cooperation, a former Beit Midrash (House of Learning) now opens as a Jewish Museum in central Poland.

The process of opening the museum has been surrounded in controversy, however.

Many cultural activists, Jewish as well as non-Jewish, protested the decisionto sell the synagogue to the Plock municipality, which intended to turn the last surviving monument to Jewish life in the city into an art gallery.

"The inspiration behind this project had been a group of local activists who founded an association called “The Plock Synagogue” and they were responsible for restoring it, they wanted to restore the synagogue and to host activities by their association," director of the Museum of Masovian Jews, Leonard Sobieraj told reporter Hagay Hacohen.

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