Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Poland -- AFP Story on Jewish Heritage in Danger for Lack of Funds

Agence France Presse has run a story about how lack of funding is putting surviving Jewish heritage sites into more jeopardy than they already are. (I published a related story in the London Jewish Chronicle last month, click here to read.)

Jewish Heritage in Poland Jeopardized by Lack of Funds

WARSAW (AFP) — Too poor and too few, Poland's several thousand Jews lack the resources to preserve their heritage, still in jeopardy after the destruction wrought by the Nazis and decades of communism.

"It's urgent. If we don't react now, in 10 years, there will be even more ruins," laments Monika Krawczyk, head of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ).

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1 comment:

  1. Elzbieta BlumsztajnNovember 18, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    It is very ironic that Poland's Jewish heritage is in danger due to the "lack of funds". Recently, reputable publications world wide have reported that Poland's Jewish leaders envision a large skyscraper in the former Warsaw Ghetto area. One article described this plan as stating, "The building – projected to rise 680 feet high – would tower over the elegant Nozyk synagogue." This, with no doubt would cost the Jewish community in Poland millions of US Dollars $. Wouldn't the money for this project be better used to offset the community's shortage of funds for other more pressing issues?